Delta Assembly Urged to Pass Anti-Smoking Bill
Residents of Delta State have called on the State House of Assembly to pass, without delay, the Smoking Regulations Bill to save citizens from death.
Some citizens, who spoke with journalists in Asaba, said that the passage of the Bill into law would, no doubt, save them from death, which may result from second-hand smoke.
Delta State Media for Tax Justice championed this crusade to alert the people of Delta of the bill which was presented to the House on November 17, 2016. The Bill, which was sponsored by the lawmaker representing the people of Ethiope East Constituency in the state, Evance Ivwurie, aims at prohibiting smoking in public places and saving the people from the impact of second-hand smoke.
According to a Senior Lecturer of Delta State University Abraka, Dr. Emmanuel Ijese, the passage of the bill would usher in sustainable development, as the environment would become safer for everybody. He therefore called on the general public to ensure that the bill is passed for the general good of all.
“Let the law be passed and enforced; so, if anyone wants to smoke, he will go to a safe place where it would not harm another person. The major challenge we have, particularly as environmentalists, is that there are no surveillance studies linking the cause to the prevalence of the disease. If the Bill is passed, it will reduce the prevalence of those diseases, particularly such that affects non-smokers in our society,” he stated.
Meanwhile, a teacher, Mr Raymond Onyekpe, has called for total prohibition of smoking and closure of tobacco companies in Nigeria. He stated that smoking damages the human system and as such national and state assemblies should, as a matter of urgency, enact the law prohibiting smoking.
A journalist, Mr. Julius Oweh, who lamented the high rate of disease and threat to life in the country arising from tobacco smoking, particularly among teenagers and youths, also urged legislators to treat the bill with urgency and pass it into law to help save the nation’s youths from dying young.
He further challenged the tobacco companies to channel their resources in the production of other goods that would enhance life and development of the nation instead.
Bayelsa Assembly Speaker Skips CCT Trial
The arraignment of the Speaker of Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Kombowei Benson, which had on May 14 been scheduled for May 22, did not hold as a result of his failure to appear at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) in Abuja.
Other suspects include a serving clerk of the Assembly, Owudogu Edward; a serving accountant of the Assembly, Koroye Stephen; former clerk of the Assembly, Aaron Timiye and former accountant, Thomas Tamaraodubo, on charges bordering on alleged gross misconduct and abuse of office.
While these other suspects were present, Kombowei was absent at the court, which made the tribunal Chairman, Mr. Danladi Umar, adjourn the matter until June 18 for the definite arraignment of the suspects.
The offences are punishable under paragraph 18 (1) and (2) of the same constitution, and Sections 13 and 23 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act CAP C15 LFN 2004.
Ogun Assembly: Amosun Should Pay Severance Allowances of Ex-Office Holders
The Deputy Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Olakunle Oluomo, has appealed to Gov. Ibikunle Amosun to ensure payment of furniture and severance allowances of some of his former aides before the expiration of his tenure on May 29.
He made this appeal during the plenary in Abeokuta, expressing concern over the delay in the payment of allowances to the affected political officers, among whom are special assistants and commissioners. He further stated that it is imperative they should be paid as they had served the state faithfully.
The petition was written by some of the affected political officers and includes the immediate past Commissioner for Sports, Afolabi Afuape; former Commissioner for Agriculture, Ayo Olubori, and Adenike Osoba, who was a former Senior Special Assistant to the governor, among others.
Lagos Assembly To Reform Electric Power Sector
The Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa revealed last week that the proposed amendments to the state electric power sector reform was to remove bureaucratic bottlenecks that will enable the Board rely on the Ministry of Energy.
The Speaker, who was represented by the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni, made this revelation during a Public Hearing for “A Bill for a Law to Amend the Lagos State Electric Power Sector Reform Law, 2018,” at Lateef Jakande Auditorium, Alausa Ikeja.
According to him, He stated the need to address the challenges of electricity, noting that “almost all the industries at Oba Akran have all gone due to high cost of production.”
“It is to make the law more elegant and more potent. It is to free the energy from bureaucratic bottlenecks so that the Board does not rely on ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources so that it can move with high speed,” he said.