The Ogun State House of Assembly has passed a bill to protect “People With Disability” with the aim of promoting equity, equality, and justice among the vulnerable group in the society.
The bill titled: “HB No. 12/OG/ 2017- A Bill for a Law to Eliminate all forms of Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities, Equalise their opportunities in all aspect of life in the society and for other matters incidental thereto” was passed during a plenary presided over by the Speaker, Suraju Ishola.
This was following the presentation of the report of the House Committee on Women Affairs and Social Development, by its Chairman, Yetunde Sogbein- Adekanbi.
Sogbein, thereafter moved the motion for the adoption of the report which was seconded by Honourable Viwanu Ojo and supported by the whole House through a voice vote after which the bill was later read and adopted Clause- by – Clause by the Committee of the whole House.
The motion for the third reading of the bill was later moved by the Majority Leader, Honourable Adeyinka Mafe, seconded by Honourable Sogbein- Adekanbi, while the Clerk of the Assembly, Lanre Bisiriyu, did the third reading of the bill.
The Speaker, therefore, directed that the clean copy of the bill be forwarded to the Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun for his assent.
It will be recalled that stakeholders at the public hearing earlier organised by the Assembly passed a vote of confidence on the bill expressing that when passed by the Assembly and signed into law by Governor Amosun, it will eliminate all forms of discrimination against persons with disabilities and equalise their opportunities in all aspect of life in the society.
The Ogun State House of Assembly has passed a resolution authorising traffic law enforcement agencies to enforce safety measures on motorists plying various roads across the state.
The passage of the resolution followed a motion sponsored and moved by the Minority Leader, Olawale Alausa and seconded by his Obafemi-Owode State Constituency counterpart, Honourable Tunde Sanusi at the plenary presided over by the Speaker, Suraju Adekunbi.
Opening debate on the motion, Honourable Alausa stressed the need for all road users especially commuters to adhere strictly to traffic rules and regulations at night for the safety of road users.
He explained that protection of lives and property of the citizenry was part of government’s responsibility as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
“The motion should be enforced at the appropriate time of the day, calling on motorists to put in place headlamps and reflectors, especially for drivers of articulated vehicles while plying the roads at night so as to alert other road users as it would go a long way at reducing road mishaps,” the lawmaker said.
On his part, the Deputy Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo asked road enforcement agencies to effectively discharge their duties for motorists to adhere strictly to traffic laws,
He also asked the agencies to direct their officials to desist from all forms of extortion in the course of duty.