President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, said that excessive proposed source of funding for the establishment of Nigeria Maritime University in Okerenkoko, Delta State, has led to the dismissal of a bill seeking the maritime institution.
The decision was conveyed to the Senate in a letter.
The Maritime University had been surrounded with controversies since ex-President Goodluck Jonathan left office in 2015.
The Delta State specialized nautical university had it first matriculation this year ,even as lectures and other activities have kick started.
Buhari’s letter read: “I am declining my assent to the bill because the funding provisions are grossly excessive and will disrupt the operation of a number of government agencies and institutions,” the letter reads.
Meanwhile the president in another letter informed the lawmakers he would not assent to the Institute of Chartered Biochemist and Molecular Biologist Bill.
The letter reads, “Pursuant to Section 58 (4) of the 1999 constitution as amended, I hereby convey to the Senate my decision on 25th May 2019 to decline presidential assent to the Institute of Chartered Biochemist and Molecular Biologist Bill 2019. I am declining my assent to the bill because of:
“a. There is already an existing chartered institute biochemist of Nigeria established pursuant to CAP 1(12) laws of the federation of Nigeria which has a similar mandate and function to the proposed Chartered Biochemist and Molecular Biologist.
”b. Section 11 a and g and sections 12 and 13 (1, 2 and 3) conflict with mandate and functions of the National Universities’ Commission.