Oyo Assembly Passes 3 Bills Into Law, Embarks on Break Till January

The Oyo State House of Assembly on Thursday passed three bills which include; the Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Response Team and Referral Centre Bill (2020), Hotel Occupancy and Restaurant Consumption Tax Bill (2021) and the Oyo State Audit Commission (Amendment) Bill 2021 into law.

This is just as the house adjourned for the end of the year break to resume on January 18, 2022.

The bills were passed following the presentations of reports of the committees that considered them.

In her report, the Chairman House Committee on Women Affairs, Hon. Olawumi Oladeji (Ogbomoso North) said the Oyo State Gender-Based Violence Response Team and Referral Centre Bill (2020) passed into law, was another milestone in the effort to put an end to all forms of violence against girls, women and all categories of humans.

According to Hon. Oladeji, the response team and the referral center will help to coordinate all the activities and programmes aimed at addressing gender-based violence in the state.

Reading the committee’s report on the Hotel Occupancy and Restaurant Consumption Tax Bill, Hon. Isiaka Kazeem (Oyo East/West) noted that the bill would help in increasing the internally generated revenue of the state, and commended the House of Assembly for the passage of the bill.

In his own report on the Oyo State Audit Commission (Amendment) Bill 2021, the Chairman House Committee on Public Account, Finance and Appropriation, Hon. Hakeem Mustapha said the bill was in line with the plan of the state government to make the Oyo State Audit Commission more functional.

Hon. Mustapha disclosed that the law was amended to ensure that offices of the Auditors-General at both the state and local government levels, are competitive and tenured.

Addressing the plenary, the Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin said the three bills recently passed had joined the growing list of bills passed by the 9th Oyo Assembly.

“We have surpassed past Assemblies in terms of passage of bills, motions and resolutions. We have over 70 bills and we are still counting. To God be the glory.”

He further commended the committees that worked on the three bills, adding that the reports were thorough and painstaking.

The speaker therefore used the medium to appreciate all the lawmakers for their commitment in the outgoing year, and urged them to make the new year better in terms of commitment, dedication and achievements.

The house thereafter adjourned plenary till 18th of January, 2022.

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