Delta state governor signs anti-terrorism law

Eme Offiong, Calabar

Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, left; Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Monday Igbuya; Clerk of the House, Barr. Lyna Ocholor and Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Peter Mrakpo, during the signing of six Bills into Law in Asaba, the capital city.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has signed into law, the Delta State Anti-Cultism and Anti-Terrorism Law 2016.

Dr. Okowa also assented to five other laws, which include the Delta State Bursary and Scholarship Law 2016; the Delta State Public Procurement Commission Law 2016 and the Delta State Signage and Advertisement Agency Law 2016.

Others were the Law on School of Nursing and Midwifery as well as the amended Delta State Traditional Rulers and Chieftaincy Law 2016.

The laws were presented by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr. Monday Igbuya.

Enhancing Security

Acknowledging the cooperation and commitment of the legislature to law and order, Governor Okowa underscored the importance of the laws to peace, security, enhanced socio-economic activities and stable environment in the state.

According to Okowa “the Anti-Cultism and Anti-Terrorism law is important for the security of life and property in the state and our youths should know that government will not take lightly any breach of security.

Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa (left) presenting the Bills to Barr. Lyna Ocholor after signing it into law with her is Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Monday Igbuya

I warn our youths to shun all forms of cultism and terrorism this yuletide period because, if they are caught, the law will take its full course, no matter the position of the person or persons involved,” Governor Okowa said.

On the Delta State Signage and Advertisement Agency law 2016, Governor Okowa hinted that its implementation would boost the smarter city project with proper signage regulations.

He added that the schools of nursing located in different areas of the state, now had the relevant legislative backing, while noting that Delta State was poised to improve government procurement processes with the new law.

Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa (2nd left); Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Monday Igbuya (2nd right); his Deputy, Rt. Hon. Friday Osanebi (left) and Majority Leader, Hon. Tim Owhefere, during the signing of six Bills into Law, Passed by Delta State House of Assembly, in Asaba.

During the occasion, the Governor commiserated with the legislature over the demise of one of its members representing Warri South Constituency 1, Mrs. Omawumi Beatrice Udoh, who died at a hospital in London.

Meanwhile, Governor Okowa has inaugurated a new agency known as the Delta State House of Assembly Service Commission with Mrs. Josephine Kachikwu as Chairman.

Okowa, who charged the commission to entrench discipline in public offices, noted “one of the greatest problems we have as a nation is the issue of discipline. Discipline is central to sound administrative processes.  It is your duty as political office holders to ensure that people are disciplined and diligent.

Everybody in public office should demonstrate a high sense of probity, accountability, selflessness and transparent patriotism,” he added.