Kogi State governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, yesterday signed the bill to establish the Disability Office, Guarantee and Protect the Rights of Persons Living with Disability and 15 other bills into law.
The governor signed the bills into law at the Government House, Lokoja, in the presence of the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr Matthew Kolawole; the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, and Mr Mohammed brahim (SAN), the Chairman of Kogi State Assembly Commission, among other dignitaries.
The governor said that the signing if the bills was unprecedented because the bills were basically the foundation of any solid prosperous state.
He regretted that Kogi State had existed for almost 28 years and nobody had ever considered it fit to make and pass those laws, even as he wondered how the state was administered and managed since its creation without those laws.
The governor said that the bills signed into laws were made possible by the commitment of the devoted and hardworking members of the 6th House of Assembly and the current executive under his leadership.
‘’Surely we have made the state to be more prosperous for ourselves and the unborn generations. 50 bills were considered and 46 were passed; 42 are executive bills, while eight are membership bills, which we all collectively put together”, he stated.
Noting that it has never happened in the history of Kogi House of Assembly and the State at large, Bello said, ‘’We have shown to the good people of Kogi State that we have them at heart, and I am not surprised for the wonderful reward and appreciation by the people during the last House of Assembly elections.
“Nine members of the 6th Assembly were returned unprecedented back to the 7th House of Assembly, so that you can continue to deliver the dividends of democracy to the good people of Kogi. We are confident that the 7th Assembly would performed far higher than the records we are celebrating today”.
He stressed that the people of Kogi reciprocated the gesture by voting overwhelmingly for the APC in all the state constituencies more than 100 per cent in the 7th Assembly.
He commended the Speaker, the principal officers and members of Kogi House of Assembly, and the good people of Kogi for their cooperation and understanding given to the 6th Assembly all through their tenure.
He also appreciated the Secretary to Kogi State Government, Dr Afolashade Ayoade for effectively and successfully coordinating the affairs of the state governmen.
He further commended the Attorney General for painstakingly taking his time to go through all the bills to ensure its effectiveness.
Governor Bello continued: ‘’I am approaching the next tale of our test by the special grace of God, with full confidence that we shall all return back here to steer the affairs of Kogi State to a greater height. I want to urge all you, my political supporters and promoters to please desist from lying, don’t lie; delight in telling the truth.
“We must simply respond to the negative comments against us on social media and other conventional media with the facts of the matter; we must always speak the truth. No matter how lie travels, the truth will surely overtake it faster and stronger. ‘’I know surely that the good people of Kogi, who are the real stakeholders can differentiate between us and the previous administrations
‘’I urge you all our supporters across the state, the country and the globe to please listen to facts, try to know the facts about Kogi State and not fictions and lies. I know surely even the life itself will attest to our outstanding and sterling performance”.
The governor urged the media to always be professional in their reportage according to the law and ethics, saying they should always verify the truth and facts before publication.
He noted: ‘’Everything that has a beginning has an end. Today, we are winding down the 6th Kogi House if Assembly. We give glory to God Almighty who has seen us through the journey. ‘’By this signing of these Bills, I, therefore, wind down the sixth Kogi State House of Assembly’’.
Earlier, the Speaker explained that a total of 50 bills were considered which comprised of 42 executive and eight membership bills.
He said that a total of 46 bills were passed by the current legislature and assented to by the governor. “We are glad that our bills are not just being passed in the House but are being signed into law”, hr added.
Kolawole commended the governor for giving them all the needed support without interfering in the affairs of the 6th Kogi house of Assembly. The Chief of Staff to the governor, Mr Edward Onoja, thanked God for bringing them to the successful completion of the 6th Assembly.
He noted that one of the reasons the 6th Assembly was successful was because of a mixture of experience and new members.
He stressed that the Gov. Yahaya Bello Government has been cooperative and supportive to the 6th Assembly all through their tenure.
‘’We are happy that Kogi State now has laws for better and foundational development of the people of the State,’’ Onoja said.
The bills are laws to establish the Disability Office, Guarantee and Protect the Rights of Persons Living Disability; Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja; Kogi State Education Endowment Trust Fund; Establishment of Ecwa College of Nursing and Nidwifery, Egbe; Establishment of Celuke College of Health Sciences and Technology, Ojiapata; Kogi State Office of the Public Defender and Citizen’s Rights Commission.
Others are laws to make provision for the Administration of the Estates of Deceased Persons in Kogi State by the Administraor General; Customary Court of Appeal of Kogi State; Kogi State University, Anyigba; Management of Funds of the Kogi State House of Assembly.
This also include a law to repeal the Kogi State Science, Technology and Technical Education Board (STTEB) Law and the Kogi State Teaching Service Commission (TSC) Law; Kogi State Science, Technical Education and Teaching Service Commission (STETSCOM); Effective Surveillance of Maternal and Peri-Natal Deaths; Kogi State Land Use Charge Law; Kogi State Drugs and Medical Supplies Management Agency; Kogi State Agency for Social Security and Protection of Older Citizens; among others.