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Fayemi goes tough on gender-based violence, signs 6 Bills Into Law

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…As Buhari signs 5 bills passed by 8th Assembly***

Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti on Wednesday, commemorated his one year in office by signing six new bills into law, saying stiffer penalties now await convicted Gender-Based Violence offenders.

President Muhammadu Buhari also signed five bills, passed by the 8th National Assembly into law.

Speaking after signing the six bills into law in his office, Governor Fayemi said it was a collective responsibility of all Ekiti people to contribute towards building a virile state that would be the pride of all.

The governor said that community naming and shaming to the sexual violence offenders register and incorporating stiffer penalties for convicted offenders were particularly added to the re-enacted law.

The bills that were signed into law include Ekiti State (Transition) Law 2019; Ekiti State Gender-Based Violence (Prohibition) Law 2019; Ekiti Kete Fiscal Responsibility Law 2019 and Ekiti State Board of Internal Revenue Law 2019.

Other bills are College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti Law 2019 and Ekiti State College of Health Sciences and Technology Law 2019.

On Ekiti State Gender-Based Violence (Prohibition) law 2019, Fayemi said that the re-enacted Gender-based prohibition legislation improved on the earlier 2013 law in light of the inadequacy of the earlier law.

One of the signed bills, the Ekiti State Transition Law 2019 was hinged on “the difficulty experienced by our incoming administration in the event of
power transfer, which is often better left imagined.

“That is what informed the decision to set in specific terms, expectation of incoming and outgoing government during transition,” he said, adding that the Ekiti state Fiscal Responsibility Law 2019, represents a key finance instrument in regulating the behavior of government with regards to public finance management, fiscal responsibility and transparency.

Fayemi said, “I have no doubt in my mind that the new set of legislations that I have just signed will also enhance our restoration agenda and make meaningful impact in the life of our people.”

Fayemi stated that with the cooperation of all arms of government, a stronger state aimed at enhancing the values restoration agenda of his government and making life more meaningful to the people would be built.

Fayemi thanked members of the State House of Assembly for being great partners in his administration’s efforts to reposition the state, saying “they have done a lot to impact on the people towards achieving a stronger Ekiti of our dreams.”

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has signed five bills passed by the 8th National Assembly into law, Mr Umar Yakubu, his Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives) has said.

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Yakubu who made the announcement at a news conference on Wednesday in Abuja, said that the Acts were to ensure good governance in the country.

The bills include the Obafemi Awolowo University Transitional Amendment Act, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi Amendment Act, the University of Maiduguri Amendment Act, the National Fertiliser Quality Control Act and the Nigerian Council of Food Science and Technology Establishment Act.

He said that the University Acts specified minimum qualifications for the Chairmen of the Governing Councils which is university degree or its equivalent.

Yakubu said that the Acts stipulated that the persons must be physically fit and be able to chair activities of the councils.

He said that the Acts also provided for the regulations of the use of intellectual properties for universities.

Yakubu said that the law stated that any staff or student that sought to sue the university must give a notice of one month to the institution concerned.

He said that the National Fertiliser Quality Control Act sought to protect farmers’ interest and address the issue of nutrient deficiency in the composition of fertiliser, branding and weight loss among others.

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