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Senate passes bill to establish research bureau for Armed Forces

Senate passes bill to establish research bureau for Armed Forces

PRESS STATEMENT

 

Senate Passes Bill To Establish Research Bureau For Armed Forces 

 

The Senate, on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 passed into law a Bill seeking to establish the Defence Research and Development Bureau, 2022 for the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

 

Also passed into law were the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Area Courts Bill, 2022, and the Federal College of Education Birniwa, Jigawa State (Establishment) Bill, 2022.

 

The Bill to establish the Defence Research and Development Bureau seeks to initiate new scientific, technological and environmental research on defence matters.

 

It also seeks to facilitate collaboration with other national and international institutions in the promotion and transfer of science and technology related to defence. 

 

The three Bills were passed into law after their re-committal into the Committee of the Whole for re-consideration. 

 

The motion for the Bills’ re-committal was moved by the Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi (Kebbi North).

 

Sen. Abdullahi, recalled that the Bills were passed by the National Assembly and transmitted to the President for assent but declined.

 

According to him, “some fundamental issues which require fresh legislative actions by both Chambers of the National Assembly emerged after critical analysis of the Bills by Mr. President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federation”.

 

He added that against the backdrop of the issues identified, a Technical Committee of the Senate and House of Representatives and Directorate of Legal Services met and worked on the Bills.

 

Accordingly, the Senate while relying on order 1(b) and order 52(6) of the Senate Standing Order, 2022 as amended, rescinded its decision on the Bills as passed and re-committed same to the Committee of the Whole for re-consideration and afterwards passage. 

 

Signed:

 

Dr. Ezrel Tabiowo, FAI, FIMC, CMC, FCP, Fsca

 

Special Assistant (Press)

To President of the Senate 

 

Wednesday, April 13, 2022.

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