50 Bills Passed at Kogi State House of Assembly, 40 Given Assent
The Kogi State House of Assembly has passed over 50 bills into law in 19 months, according to the Speaker, Mathew Kolawole.
The Speaker said this during the signing of eight utility bills by Governor Bello, stating that the Sixth Assembly will work in partnership with the other arms of government to make laws that will promote good governance in Kogi State. He noted that out of the 50 Bills passed, the Governor gave assent to 40 Bills, while adding that most of the bills were revenue driven and initiated by the executive to boost the revenue base of the state.
Some of the bills assented to by the Governor includes a law to Provide for the Establishment of Kogi State Youths Development Commission, Implementation of Sustainable Youth Policy and other matters connected therewith, and a law to Re-establish Kogi Utility Infrastructure Management, Compliance Agency and other matters connected therewith 2018.
Others include a law to establish Mineral Resources Development Agency and other matters connected therewith, a law to Re-enact the Kogi State Public Audit Law and other matters connected therewith, a law to Repeal and Re-enact Kogi State Primary Health Care Development Agency and other matters connected therewith, and a Bill to Establish Health Insurance Agency and other matters connected with.
Govt Officials Summoned By Imo State Assembly over State Debt
The Imo State House of Assembly has summoned the state’s Accountant General, Casmir Ozuzu, and the Commissioner for Finance, Ugochi Nnanna-Okoro, over the financial position of the state. This followed the adoption of a motion by the member representing Nkwerre State Constituency, Chika Madumere.
The motion urged the house to cause the duo to appear and give account of the actual debt profile of the state since the governor had consistently said that the state was not indebted, adding that the Accountant General and the Commissioner of Finance were in the best position to give insight on the debt status of the state.
Katsina Assembly Tasked on Quick Passage of Child Protection Bill
The State Speaker of Children’s Parliament, Mubarak Lawan Yantaba, has called on the State House of Assembly to pass the Child Protection Bill into law, as Katsina State continues to grapple with cases of child rights infringement.
The parliament also advocated the enactment of another law that would make girl-child education mandatory and avert early marriage in the state.
While in audience with the State Assembly Speaker, Yantaba said the Bill,if signed into law, would hold government and parents accountable on the issues of child molestation and girls’ education.
He further explained that the Bill, when passed, would ensure that the interest and rights of the Nigerian child is properly taken care of, as “a protected child serves as the pillar for a prosperous society,” adding that the Assembly should also enact a law that would ensure retention of children to complete secondary school with special focus on the girl-child.
In addition, Yantaba called for the involvement of religious and traditional leaders in the fight against drug abuse in the state, saying people with history of drug abuse should not be allowed to pilot the affairs of the society.
The Speaker, who was represented by the member representing Kafur Constituency, Garba Dankanjiba, said the Assembly was aware of the issue and would address it as soon as possible.
Kwara Assembly Halts Dissolution of LG Councils by Incoming Govt
The Kwara State House of Assembly has passed a Bill to restrain the incoming government from dissolving the existing 16 Local Government Councils of the state before the expiration of their three-year tenure.
The Bill, which is an amendment and sponsored by Kamal Fagbemi (PDP-Okeogun) was passed after the members expressed satisfaction with all clauses contained in the document.
Before the passage of the Bill, the lawmakers described as unconstitutional the dissolution of democratically elected local councils.
The Deputy Speaker, Mathew Okedare, who presided over the plenary, directed the Clerk of the House, Halimat Kperogi, to prepare a clean copy of the Bill for the governor’s assent, sttaing that the third tier of government was strategic to accelerated socio-economic transformation at the grass root.
The last local government elections was held in the state on November 17, 2017 where all the 16 councils and the then All Progressives Congress (APC) won all the seats (APC).
Although the members of the councils are expected to spend three years in office, they, however, defected to People’s Democratic Party (PDP) shortly before the 2019 general elections.
Rivers Assembly to Tackle Unemployment
The Rivers State House of Assembly (RVHA), has stated that it would support the State Government with relevant laws aimed at tackling unemployment and restiveness among youths in the State.
The Speaker of the State Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ikunyi-Owaji Ibani stated this shortly after he was presented with his Certificate of Return (CoR) by the State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Obo Effanga in Port Harcourt.
Ibani stated that creating employment opportunities and improving the well-being of the people was one way of solving issues of restiveness in the state, promising that the lawmakers would give it the needed attention.
“The social condition of the people especially the youths is such that the Assembly must look into. The government should be able to do that which will generate employment for the teeming youths in the state. So, as part of our deliberate and conscious effort, we will also join in solving the problem of youth restiveness in the state,” he stated.
The lawmaker-elect for Degema Constituency in the State House, Hon. Anthony Soberekon, also promised that he would ensure his constituents feel the dividends of democracy.
Also speaking after receiving his CoR from INEC, Soberekon stated that his basic responsibility as a lawmaker was effective representation aimed at promoting his people and supporting the state government.
“I am going to make sure in my little capacity to see that any constituency project that is due us is carried out and completed as at when due to bring the dividends of democracy to the people,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike has said he would comply with the provisions of the new minimum wage law as approved by the National Assembly and recently ratified by President Buhari.
Wike, who spoke through the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Emma Okah, said Rivers State Government would pay whatever is approved by the Federal Government. The governor had earlier announced in various fora that the state would be the first to pay whatever was finally settled for as the new wage.
It is expected that the Implementation will begin shortly after the inauguration of new administration on May 29, 2019.