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Buhari assents Civil Aviation, Advertising Council, 6 other Bills

President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to 8 Bills recently passed by the National Assembly. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters…

President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to 8 Bills recently passed by the National Assembly.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives), Nasir Baballe Ila, disclosed this in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday.

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The Bills assented to by the president include Civil Aviation Act, 2022; Nigeria Meteorological Agency (Establishment) Act, 2022; Pharmacy Council of Nigeria (Establishment) Act, 2022; Nigerian Council for Management Development Act 2022; National Institute of Credit Administration (Establishment) Act, 2022; Chartered Institute of Social Work Practitioners (Establishment) Act, 2022; Advertising Regulatory Council of Nigeria Act, 2022 and Counselling Practitioners Council of Nigeria Act, 2022.

The Civil Aviation Act 2022 repeals the Civil Aviation Act, No. 6, 2006 and enacts the Civil Aviation Act, 2022 to provide for an effective legal and institutional framework for the regulation of civil aviation in Nigeria in order to promote aviation safety and security; ensure that Nigeria’s obligations under international aviation agreements are implemented, and consolidate the law relating to civil aviation regulation in Nigeria, among others.

The Meteorological Agency Act 2022 repealed the Nigerian Metrological Agency (Establishment, etc.) Act, No. 9 of 2003 and enacts the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (Establishment) Act, to provide for comprehensive legal and institutional framework for the regulation of meteorology in Nigeria.

The Agency under the Act is empowered as the sole authority to approve, licence, certify and regulate the establishment of meteorological stations for meteorological observations, the operators and operating personnel at a fee to be prescribed by the Agency and where necessary, make regulation in this regard and save for aeronautical meteorological services.

The Pharmacy Council of Nigeria Act 2022 repeals the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria Act Cap. P17 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and enacts the Pharmacy Council of Nigeria (Establishment) Act, 2022 charged with the responsibility, amongst others, of regulating and controlling the education, training and practice of pharmacy and related matters in Nigeria.

The Nigerian Council for Management Development Act 2022 repeals the Nigerian Council for Management Development Act, Cap. N99, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and the National Centre for Economic Management and Administration Act, Cap. N14, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and enacts the Nigerian Council for Management Development Act, 2022.

The National Institute of Credit Administration Act 2022 establishes the National Institute of Credit Administration to regulate the credit management practice and set standards and skills to be attained by persons seeking to become professional credit managers in Nigeria by providing range of services and programmes aimed at keeping Nigerian credit managers and their executives up-to-date by developing their professional skills, elevating their status and inculcating ethics in their service of managing credit for their employers, among others.

In the same vein, the Chartered Institute of Social Work Practitioners Act 2022 establishes the Institute of Social Work Practitioners charged with the responsibility for training and registration of persons aspiring to become Social Work Practitioners in Nigeria and determine the standards of knowledge and skill to be attained by persons seeking to become registered as chartered social work practitioners, and raise the standards as circumstances may permit, among others.

The Advertising Regulatory Council Act 2022 repeals the Advertising Practitioners (Registration, etc.) Act, Cap. A7, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and enacts the Advertising Regulatory Council of Nigeria Act, 2022 to establish a Council for advertising, advertisements and marketing communications as the apex regulatory authority for the Nigerian advertising industry; make provision for the regulation and control of advertising; ensure the protection of the general public and consumers; promote local content and entrench the best international practices.

The Counseling Practitioners Council Act 2022 establishes the Counselling Practitioners Council of Nigeria charged with the responsibility of advancing the study, training and practice of counselling profession.

It also determines the standard of knowledge and skill, to be attained by persons seeking to become registered members of the Counselling Profession and review the standard as circumstances may require, among others.