*** URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING BILL SCALES SECOND READING
The Delta State Occupational Safety Bill, 2020 was on Wednesday at a plenary presided over by the Speaker, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori read for the second time in the State House of Assembly.
The Bill will make it mandatory for the installation of surveillance cameras in public and residential buildings to aid crime prevention and investigation.
Speaking on the merits of the Bill, Honourables Tim Owhefere, Pat Ajudua, Solomon Ighrakpata, and Anthony Elekeokwuri said apart from ensuring sanity in public places, the Bill would also ensure that activities in public areas are recorded for security purposes.
According to the lawmakers, a major provision of the Bill recommended a five hundred thousand naira fine, or two years jail term for persons who refused to install surveillance cameras, adding that any residential or business premises which flouts the law will be sealed.
The Bill was reffered to the House Committee on Peace and Security.
Also read for the second time at plenary was the Delta State Urban and Regional Planning Bill, 2020.
Opening debate on the Bill, the lead sponsor and member representing Ika North East, Honourable Anthony Elekeokwuri said it would give legal backing for the setting up of an Urban and Regional Planning Board, saddled with the responsibility of implementing development blueprint in major cities in the state.
Supporting the passage of the Bill, Honourables Solomon Ighrakpata, and Pat Ajuduah said it would bring sanity in the building of structures in urban and rural areas as well as ensure well planned cities.
The Speaker, Rt Hon Oborevwori later referred the Bill to the House Committee on Urban and Regional Planning for further legislative actions.