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Ekiti Legislature Approves State Police, Judicial Autonomy


Ekiti State House of Assembly, on Tuesday approved the creation of State Police and Judicial Autonomy in the fifth alteration to the Amendment to the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The Assembly aligned with the National Assembly on rules on how the principal officers of the Houses of Assembly should be removed from offices to ensure stability in the system.

The amended bills were transmitted to the House of Assembly for ratification in March, 2022.

Speaking with journalists in Ado Ekiti on the position taken by the Assembly at its plennary, held on Tuesday, the House’s Leader of Government Business, Hon Gboyega Aribisogan, said the lawmakers ratified the alteration to the issue of law reform in the country for radical improvement in the qualities of laws that will guide the three arms of government.

According to him “At the plenary today, the assembly approved four areas being considered for amendment to the 1999 constitution by the National Assembly. What we did was just a concurrence to the amendments and not further alterations to what had been done by the National Assembly.

“These include the approval for the Law mandating the state to have a state police to improve security across the county. We also approved a law stating the procedure to be followed for the removal of the principal officers of the Houses of Assembly to ensure stability and improve the quality of governance.

“The Assembly also unanimously approved the alteration to the constitution allowing State to have a law backing the establishment of State Judicial Council just like the National Judicial Council at the Federal level, so that the judiciary can be autonomous.

“It also approved the amendment to the proper regulation of the law reform to ensure that quality laws are made to guarantee good legislation and robust governance and equality in the system”.

The house also considered the Ekiti State Economic Development council (Amendment). Bill 2022 which deal with composition and other matters of the Council was also passed, while a bill for the creation of additional three local Council Development Areas (LCDA) and two other bills

The bill on creation of additional council development areas generated reactions from Hon Akin Osho, representing Ido Osi ll and Hon Adeyemi Ajibade, Moba l constituency.

They seeked the inclusion of their areas among the new council areas to be considered.

The two lawmakers called on the House to use its constitutional power to consider their areas, saying the two constituencies were long due to have an LCDA or Council areas.

The speaker of the Assembly Rt. Hon. Funminiyi Afuye admonished the lawmakers to liaise with the appropriate committee on their demands for possible consideration.

The bill was committed to the House committee on local government and Chieftaincy Affairs for further legislative scrutiny.


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