Bill to establish Kogi state University passes second reading

By Oluwakemi Jonah, Lokoja

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Bill providing for the establishment of Kogi State University, Kabba, has passed the second reading during the first sitting of the 8th assembly newly inaugurated.

At the opening of the parliament on Tuesday, the speaker, Aliyu Umar Yusuf thanked God, the governor, Yahaya Bello and all assembly members for the honor to serve as he expressed commitment to hit the ground running, hence debates commenced immediately.

He reiterated that the governor is committed to ensuring every indigene has access to sound education and according to him, “establishing the University in Okun land will provide universities in the three senatorial district in the state which will engender rapid development. Members have now carefully examined the bill before passing it for a second reading.”

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In the same vein, a bill to repel and re-enact a bill on the prohibition of kidnapping and other related offences has been passed for a second reading. This is to curb the spate of kidnapping and embrace new ways of tackling the menace in the state.

Legislators took turns to voice their thoughts on the matter including member representing Kaba Omotayo Adeleye’
She decried the devilish attitude of kidnappers who molest their captives affirming that kidnapping has grave consequences saying “people who have a terrible health condition when kidnapped and are without their medications will most time lead to untimely death”.

In addition, the nominee sent by the governor to replace the commissioner for agriculture who was recently sacked will be screened in the next sitting.