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ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
2. Presentation of Bills for assent.
3. Recording of Governor’s Assent.
4. Sealing, numbering and dating of Laws.
5. Enrolment of Laws and Publication in Gazette.
6. Copies of Laws promulgated.
7. Evidence of Law.
9. Repeal of Law No. 1 of 1979.
11. Citation and Commencement.
A Law to provide for the authentication and recording of laws made by the Lagos State House of Assembly.
[1992. No. -]
[Commencement.] [1st April, 1992]
The Clerk of the House of Assembly must immediately after enactment prepare twelve (12) printed copies of a Bill as passed by the House of Assembly embodying all amendments agreed to and on being found by him to be a true copy of that Bill, the Clerk will authenticate the Bill by signing Form A in the Schedule.
[Form A Schedule.]
2. Presentation of Bills for assent
(1) The Clerk of the House of Assembly will present the authenticated printed copies of the Bill to the Governor who will signify assent or withholding of assent within 30 days of its presentation.
(2) Where the Governor withholds assent and the Bill is again passed by the House of Assembly by two-thirds majority, the Bill will become law and the assent of the Governor will not be required.
3. Recording of Governor’s Assent
(1) When the Governor has assented to any Bill passed, such assent will be recorded on the authenticated printed copies in the Form B in the Schedule.
(2) When the Governor has withheld his assent to any Bill so passed such withholding of assent shall be recorded on the authenticated printed copies in Form C in the Schedule.
(3) Where the Bill is subsequently passed by two-thirds majority of the House of Assembly, the passage of the Bill will be authenticated by the Speaker in Form D in the Schedule.
4. Sealing, numbering and dating of Laws
(1) When a Bill has been duly authenticated by the Governor or by the Speaker and has become Law, such Law shall be sealed by the Governor with the Public Seal of the State and the date on which the Law was authenticated shall be endorsed thereon.
(2) When a Law has been duly sealed and dated, all twelve (12) authenticated copies of the Law will be returned to the Clerk of the House of Assembly who will immediately cause the Law to be numbered serially by reference to the year in which it is passed.
(3) The Laws of each year are distinguished by consecutive numbers, beginning in each year with the number one. Where necessary in any year the numbers already assigned in printed copies of the Laws may be altered under the authority of this subsection on a certificate by the Clerk of the House of Assembly, and if altered a notice thereof shall be published in the Gazette.
5. Enrolment of Laws and Publication in Gazette
The Clerk of the House of Assembly shall, after numbering distribute the authenticated and sealed copies of every Law as follows—
(a) two (2) copies to the Governor to be enrolled in his archive;
(b) two (2) copies to the Chief Judge of Lagos State to be enrolled in the High Court;
(c) two copies to the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice to be enrolled in the archives of the Ministry of Justice;
(d) two (2) copies to the Secretary to the State Government; and
(e) two (2) copies to the Lagos State Government Printer who will publish it in the Gazette for the general information of the public.
(f) two (2) copies to the Lagos State Law Reform Commission.
6. Copies of Laws promulgated
The Copies of every Law promulgated in the first instance shall be impressions from the same form as the deposited copy.
7. Evidence of Law
Every Law which purports to be published by the authority of the Lagos State House of Assembly or the Lagos State Government and bears a number a reference to a year and a date of commencement or reference to a section will be received in all Courts and by all persons as sufficient evidence that it has been assented to by the Governor or otherwise passed by the House of Assembly as the Law required.
This Law will apply to all Laws passed as Laws by the Lagos State House of Assembly.
9. Repeal of Law No. 1 of 1979
The Authentication Law of 1979 is hereby repealed.
In this Law unless the context otherwise requires:
“Clerk of the House of Assembly” means the Clerk of the Lagos State House of Assembly;
“Gazette” means the Lagos State of Nigeria Official Gazette;
“Governor” means the Governor of Lagos State;
“High Court” means the Lagos State High Court;
“House of Assembly” means Lagos State House of Assembly;
“Secretary to the State Government” means the Secretary to the Lagos State Government;
“Speaker” means the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly;
“State” means Lagos State of Nigeria.
12. Citation and commencement
This Law may be cited as the Authentication Law and shall be deemed to have come into force on the 1st day of April 1992.
Form A – (SECTION 2)
The printed impression has been compared by me with the Bill which has passed the Lagos State House of Assembly and found by me to be a true and correct printed copy of the said Bill.
Clerk of the House of Assembly
Form B – (SECTION 3 (1))
Assented to me, by this ……………………….. day of ………………………………….. 20 ………………………….
Governor of Lagos State
(SECTION 3 (2))
Assent withheld by me, this …………………………. day of …………………… 20 ………………………………
Governor of Lagos State
Form D – (SECTION 3 (3))
Passed again by the Lagos State House of Assembly by two-thirds majority this ……… day of ………… 20 ……………..
Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly
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