The president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has upgraded the College of Agriculture, Zuru, Kebbi state, to a full-fledged university to increase capacity in the knowledge of Agriculture and food security.
President Buhari assents to 2 bills which included upgrading the College of Agriculture to a full-fledged university, and reforming punitive measure of the Architects Registration Council.
The disclosure was made by the senior special assistant to the president on National Assembly matters (Senate), Ita Enang at a news conference in Abuja on Wednesday, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Senator Enang says the president assented to two bills passed by the 8th National Assembly – Federal University Agriculture Zuru, Kebbi State Bill and the Architects Registration Council Amendment Bill .
Enang said that the assenting of the Federal College of Agriculture Bill has upgraded the school from a ‘Federal College of Agriculture’ to a full-fledged Federal University of Agriculture, with all the powers and status of a university.
He explained that the assented Architects Registration Council amendment bill had increased the penalty fee of N1,000 to N500,000.
This, he said would generally enhance the architect registration process.
According to him the bill was also designed to enhance the council’s penalties and make the appeals from the Disciplinary Committee lie with the High Courts.
On why some bills were not assented to, Enang explained that there was cogent reasons for any bill that did not receive assent of the president.
On why screened and confirmed ministerial nominees were yet to be inaugurated.
He said: “Mr President upon receipt of communication from the National Assembly will on a date he will fix, notify the screened and cleared nominees.”
Enag, who also responded to a question, on why the President did not attach portfolios to the nominees said the constitution did not oblige the President to do so.
He thanked the senate for its patriotic decision to extend the annual vacation and concentrate on the screening and confirmation of the nominees