The Delta State House of Assembly has passed two Executive Bills after they were read for the third time at Tuesday’s plenary presided over by the Speaker, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori.
The Bills are the Violence against Persons Bill 2020, and the Public Occupational Safety Bill 2020.
The Violence against Persons Bill seeks to bring justice to victims of sexual and gender based violence in public and private places, and curb the rising cases of rape.
Following the presentation of the report of the Committee on Rules, Business, Legal and Judicial Matters, the House was dissolved into the Committee of the Whole House chaired by the Chairman, and Speaker of the House, Rt Hon Sheriff Oboriovwori.
Members painstakingly read through the Bill clause by clause and made amendments where necessary, which were unanimously adopted by the House.
Sequel to a motion by the Majority Leader, Hon. Tim Owhefere for the Speaker to resume his seat, the Bill was later read for the third time and passed when put to voice vote.
The Speaker, Rt Hon Oborevwori thanked members for their cooperation and contribution to the successful passage of the Bill, explaining that it would help eradicate sexual violence from the state.
The House was again dissolved into the Committee of the Whole to enable members consider and make amendments where necessary on the Public Occupational Safety Bill.
The Bill makes it mandatory for the installation of surveillance cameras in public and residential buildings to aid crime prevention and investigation in the state.
After the consideration and amendments of some clauses of the Bill, the Committee of the Whole was dissolved for the Speaker to resume his seat after which the Bill was read for the third time and passed.
The Speaker while appreciating the efforts of members for their contribution to the passage of the Bill, said Governor Ifeanyi Okowa was committed to the protection of lives in the state.