29 July 2021 by Aisha Adesanya
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives), Umar el-Yakub says President Muhammadu Buhari will sign the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) recently passed into law by the National Assembly as soon as it is communicated to him.
El-Yakub who made this known while addressing newsmen In Abuja also disclosed that the President had signed into law about fifteen bills passed by the National Assembly in the just concluded Legislative year.
He further hinted that the Federal Government would implement the report of the National Security Summit held by the House of Representatives recently, adding that the President had already directed those concerned to study the report for implementation as soon as possible.
The Presidential aide, also commended the National Assembly for the cordial working relationship between the Executive and Legislative Arms of Government which he said made it possible for the signing of the bills.
On the controversies surrounding the passage of the Electoral Amendment Act, el-Yakub who pointed out that there was no perfect law said whatever bill is passed into law can be subjected to amendments in the future depending on the circumstances and exigencies of the moment.
He also dismissed insinuations that the President does not respect the principle of separation of powers as enshrined in the Constitution, adding the President Muhammadi Buhari has on several occasions demonstrated that he holds the lawmakers with very high esteem.
“This President has respect for separation of powers as enshrined in the Constitution. That is why he gave directives that his ministers and MDAs must honor invitations of the National Assembly, not only to budget defense sessions, but in all cases”.
The Presidential Aide however added that the President is aware of the current situation of things in the country and is working assiduously to alleviate the suffering of Nigerians.