The Senate, Saturday, commended President Muhamnadu Buhari on the assent given to the Banks and other Financial Institutions Act 2020 (BOFI Act), following passage of the bill to that effect by the National Assembly.
The Upper legislative chamber in a statement by its spokesperson, Senator Ajibola Basiru (APC Osun Central), said enactment of the BOFI Act follows many other Bills passed by the Senate on critical areas for the economy which are relevant to the nation’s development.
He said the assent has effectively repealed the 1991 edition and it is expected to rejuvenate the financial system and enhance the development of the economy.
He said, “The work which has gone into the passage of this bill, like some previously assented to by Mr President, underscores the determination of the 9th Assembly to focus on the path of economic growth and development of our country.
“By this law, banks and financial institutions will be able to offer productive sectors of the economy, quality banking and financial services as well as ensure recovery of non performing loans.
“Some of the bills which have been passed by Senate which are of direct relevance to the resuscitation of the national economy are the Petroleum Profit Tax Act, CAMA Act, Finance Act, Police Act, Deep Offshore and Profit Sharing Contract Act, to mention but a few.”
He however, added that the Senate under the leadership of Senate President, Dr Ahmed Lawan, was ever resolved to work tirelessly and turn around moribund laws in ensuring that they are vibrant, and in consonance with modern day economic reality.