Stella Dimoko Buhari Signs Six New Bills Into Law


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Friday, December 29, 2017

Buhari Signs Six New Bills Into Law

President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to the Niger Delta Development Commission (Establishment) Amendment Act, 2017.

The Act includes the gas producing and gas processing companies in the list of agencies that are contributing to the Niger Delta Development Commission in addition to the oil companies in a bid to increase funding of the commission for effective discharge of its duties.

Previously, the NDDC Act excluded the gas companies. The Act makes it explicit that the gas companies have to be included. This is to diversify the sources of funding for the NDDC for the economic wellbeing of the region.

The Federal Capital Appropriation Act also assented to, authorises the Federal Capital Territory Administration to legally and legitimately provide funds out of its Statutory Revenue Fund for recurrent and capital expenditure.

President Buhari had earlier assented to the Federal Capital Territory Water Board (Establishment) Act, 2017, National Institute for Cancer Research and Treatment (Establishment) Act, 2017, Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshot Act, 2017 and Anti-Torture Act, 2017.

The Federal Capital Territory Water Board Establishment Act is charged with the responsibility for providing safe, adequate and affordable water supply services to the residents of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. It is also to collaborate with the other authorities responsible for water resources management to secure efficient use of water resources for the conservation and protection of the water resources of the Territory and the nation.

The National Institute for Cancer Research and Treatment (Establishment) Act, 2017 is to provide national direction in cancer research, control and treatment; guide scientific improvements to cancer prevention, treatment and care, coordinate and liaise between the wide range of groups and health care providers with an interest in cancer.

Also, Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshot Act, 2017 provides for the compulsory treatment and care for victims of gunshots and for related matters. Specifically, the Act stipulates that a person with a gunshot wound shall be received for immediate and adequate treatment by any hospital in Nigeria with or without initial monetary deposit. Furthermore, a person with a gunshot wound shall not be subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment or torture by any person or authority, including the police and other security agencies.

Anti-Torture Act, 2017 makes comprehensive provisions for penalizing the acts of torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, and prescribes penalties for the commission of such acts.

The six Acts have come into effect as laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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  1. A copy of The compulsory treatment and care for victims of gunshot wounds act should be sent to the Nigerian medical association with immediate effect so that their doctors and hospitals can know that it is now illegal to turn away victims of gunshot wounds or request for police report before they are treated.

    Am sure this bill will save innocent lives a lot.

  2. Now hospitals can treat patients with gun shot wounds without first asking for police reports. Good job Mr President.
    Peace corps bill still suffers a set back.

  3. 2019 propaganda. But good move tho

    1. Ko sogbon to le da ko si wa to le wu to le fi te aye lorun.

  4. A welcome development overall. But the NDDC (Establishment) Amendment Act would probably now impose on NLNG specifically the duty to make ontributions to NDDC, which would violate the fiscal framework and incentives guaranteed to the NLNG under the NLNG (Fiscal Incehtives, Guarantees and Assurances Etc.) Act. It's a recipe for fresh litigation and, potentially, investment arbitration... We wait to see how the drama might unfold.

  5. i hope this man go rest...i pity Nigerians if they are voting him again......buhari is too sick to rule nigeria

  6. I dont even want to read anything....let us see change first....btw now that i have blog ID since 2013, i will not stop commenting....🤣😋😋😋😋

  7. Well,while you are at it sir, kindly remind your ogun state bff to release the subsidised c of o the citizenry paid for via the homeowner's charter. I have paid 100k for 2 years now yet no c of o. Thanks


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