OKOWA SIGNS VIOLENCE AGAINST PERSONS, LOCAL CONTENT AGENCY BILLS

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Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, on Wednesday, signed the Bill to eliminate violence in private and public life 2020 and the Delta State Local Content Agency Law 2020, into law, with a charge on the legislature to continue to protect its integrity.

The Governor said both laws would ensure the prevalence of peaceful co – existence in the state.

He commended the State House of Assembly for being resourceful and enterprising, saying that it had continued to pass Bills in spite of the tough times the members had had to carry out their functions during the pandemic. 
Okowa noted that one of the new laws sought to eliminate violence in private and public life and to prohibit all forms of violence against persons and provide maximum protection and effective remedies for victims and punishment against offenders.

Okowa said the law was important to all families and to the government because it would ensure the protection of women, girls, children and men.

On the Delta State Local Content Agency Law 2020, the Governor said it would provide opportunities for transfer of skills and technology to the people and warned against host communities taking laws into their hands.

He announced that in the next couple of days he would present the 2021 Appropriation Bill to the House of Assembly, and hinted that the Budget would witness a contraction in line with current economic realities.

The Governor added that the state government would continue to work hard to ensure the harvest of projects in spite of the economic effects of the pandemic.

Earlier, the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Honourable Sheriff Oborevwori, while presenting the Bills for the Governor’s assent, disclosed that the Bills passed through all the required legislative processes.

He said the scope of the Bills bothered on violence against persons and the development of local skills, manpower development and transfer of technology by operators of companies in the state.

Oborevwori explained that the Bill on persons would effectively regulate the rampant cases of violence against the girl child and women in the society. 
He listed other benefits of the bill as prohibition of traditional harmful practices, maltreatment of widows, female circumcision and genital mutilation.

On the Local Content Bill, the speaker said that it aimed at transferring technology and skills to indigenes of Delta State by companies operating in the state. 

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