By David Iorja (ABUJA) –
Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, Friday in Abuja, assented to four Bills recently passed by the country’s National Assembly.
The President’s Senior Special Assistant (Media & Publicity), Garba Shehu, in a statement, highlighted the four bills as follows:
1. Nigeria Law Reform Commission Act, 2022
This Act repeals the Nigeria Law Reform Commission Act, Cap. N118, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and Enact the Nigerian Law Reform Commission Act, 2022 to facilitate the effective implementation of the Commission’s Law Reform Proposals and enhance its performance and bring the Law in conformity to best practices.
2. National Biotechnology Development Agency Act, 2022
This Act provides legal framework for the National Biotechnology Development Agency to carry out research, create and develop public awareness in biotechnology in order to encourage private sector participation in biotechnology industry in Nigeria.
3. Harmonised Retirement Age for Teachers in Nigeria Act, 2022
This Act provides for the retirement age of teachers in Nigeria. Section 1 of the Act clearly states that Teachers in Nigeria shall compulsorily retire on attainment of 65 years of age or 40 years of pensionable service, whichever is earlier.
While the provision of Section 3 of the Act provides that the Public Service Rule or any Legislation that requires a person to retire from the Public Service at 60 years of age or after 35 years of Service shall not apply to Teachers in Nigeria.
4. Federal Medical Centre, Hong (Establishment) Act, 2022
This Act establishes the Federal Medical Centre, Hong, Adamawa State to provide Legal framework for its due management and administration
The Medical Centre will be headed by a Medical Director who shall be appointed by the President on the recommendation of the Minister of Health, and shall be the Chief Executive and accounting officer of the Medical Centre as stipulated in Section 9 of the Act.
Hon. Umar Ibrahim El-Yakub, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives), was at the State House for the signing of the bills.