OBAJI AKPET, Calabar
GOVERNOR of Cross River State, Senator Ben Ayade, on Friday in Calabar signed into law, 9 bills recently passed by the House of Assembly.
The Bills, including the Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Bill, brings to 23, the total number of bills signed so far since inception of the current administration.
They are: the Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Bill, the Homeland Safety and Security Bill, the Environment and Carbon Emissions Bill, and the Equal Opportunity and Gender Based Discrimination Bill.
Others include the Greater Calabar Development Agency Bill, the Cross River State University of Technology amendment Bill which aims to reposition the institution as a beneficiary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), the Cross River State Revenue Administration Amendment Bill, the Harmonized Levies Bill as well as the Road Infrastructure and Development Bill.
Speaking, while presenting the bills to the governor, the Speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon John Gaul Lebo said that the respective bills were products of deep vision.
According to the Speaker, the 23 bills signed into law so far, reflect 23 issues among 100 that were raised in the House, adding that the nine bills being presented for the governor’s assent came in two major parts.
He said among the nine bills were five revenue bills and four social services bills, disclosing that it was the target of the House under his leadership to enact 100 bills within the duration of the 8th Assembly.
Signing the bills into law, Governor Ayade lauded the efforts of the assembly and charged them to do more.
“In some states, this will be top news. For you to convert government thoughts into these quality bills shows passion. Some of these bills are even the products of social interactions and for you to even have the intellectualism to convert them into law is very commendable”, Ayade said.
He also observed the commitment of the House towards its responsibility was a testimony to the sensitivity of the House to the plight of the state and the understanding of the needs of the people while pouring encomium on the sponsor of the Cross River State Homeland Safety and Security Agency Bill, Rt. Hon Eteng Jones William for the swift and thorough job on the important bill.