President Tinubu transmits anti-doping bill to Senate

Sharon EboesomiMay 16, 20243 min

The Senate is expected to commence deliberations on the Bill, before referral to the relevant Committee for further legislative actions.

President Tinubu transmits two bills to the Senate for consideration and passage

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has transmitted a National Anti-Doping Bill, 2024 to the Senate for consideration and approval.

This Bill seeks to curb the use of performance enhancement drugs such as steroids, amongst others.

This was disclosed in a letter read by the Deputy Senate President, Barau Jibrin during Thursday’s plenary.

The letter read, “In accordance with the provisions of Section 58 (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended, I forward herewith the National Anti-Doping Bill 2024 for the kind consideration of the Senate. 

“The National Anti-Doping Bill 2024 seeks to create an administratively  independent national anti-doping organisation which is a cardinal requirement for Nigeria to achieve compliance with the world anti-doping code and the international standard of good compliance by its signatories. 

“The advancement of this virtualisation will also help Nigeria avoid the imposition of signatory consequences, the closing of laws of hosting and participating rights at regional, continental and world championships or major athletic events. 

“It is my hope that this submission will receive the usual kind and expeditious consideration of the distinguished members of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for passage of same-age law before the Olympic Games coming up in Paris in July 2024.”

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In a separate letter read on the floor of the Red Chamber, President Tinubu also requested the Senate’s expeditious consideration and subsequent passage of the 2024 Statutory Appropriation Act of the Federal Capital Territory Administration. 

It read, “Following a review of the 2024 Statutory Appropriation of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, the Honourable Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration has indicated that some critical projects were inadvertently omitted in the 2024 appropriation. 

“The capital projects are a vital component of the performance of the FCT and shall significantly impact manpower and infrastructural development within the FCT. 

“In this regard, the 2024 Supplementary Appropriation to the 2024 Statutory Appropriation Act of the Federal Capital Territory Administration passed in March 2024 is hereby proposed. 

“Therefore, for the proposed Supplementary Appropriation to the 2024 Statutory Appropriation Act of the FCT, i trust that it shall receive the expeditious consideration of and passage by the Senate.”

The Senate is expected to commence deliberations on the Bills, before referral to the relevant Committees for further legislative actions.

Sharon Eboesomi

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