Buhari Forwards Six Aviation Bills to Senate

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Muhammadu Buhari

* PDP senator takes oath

Deji Elumoye in Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has forwarded six aviation sector bills to the Senate for consideration and passage into law.

This was coming as Senator Abdullahi Danbaba was sworn-in yesterday as a lawmaker, representing Sokoto South Senatorial district on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The President had in a letter written to the Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, and read yesterday at plenary, stated inter alia: “Pursuant to Section 58 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), I formally request that the following six Bills be considered for passage into law by the Senate.”

“The bills are: Civil Aviation Bill, 2019; Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria Bill, 2019; Nigerian College of Airspace Management Agency (Establishment) Bill, 2019; Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (Establishment) Bill, 2019; Nigerian Meteorological Agency (Establishment) Bill, 2019; and Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (Establishment) Bill, 2019,” the letter stated.

Lawan, after reading the executive letter, directed the Clerk of the Senate, Mr. Nelson Ayewoh, to ensure that the bills are gazetted and distributed to all Senators.

Also yesterday, Danbaba, was sworn-in by the Clerk of the Senate.

The legislator was sworn-in shortly after the adoption of the upper chamber’s votes and proceedings of November 14.

Speaking after the new Senator was sworn-in, Senate President directed the Chief Whip, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, to “give him a befitting seat.”

A Court of Appeal sitting in Sokoto had on October 30 returned Danbaba of the PDP as Senator, representing Sokoto South in the National Assembly.

Justice Fredrick Oho set aside the judgment delivered by Sokoto State Election Petitions Tribunal which dismissed the appellant’s petition in favour of the respondent, Abubakar Shehu-Tambuwal of the All Progressives Congress (APC).