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Kwara Gov hasn’t declined any Bill passed by 9th KWHA – ENetSuD

The Elites Network for Sustainable Development (ENetSuD), an anti-corruption Civil Society Organization promoting good governance, transparency, and accountability, has noted that sixteen (16) out of the seventeen (17) bills passed by the 9th Kwara State House of Assembly (KWHA) have been assented to by Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq as at 15th June, 2021 when it concluded its second-year #KwaraBillsTracker report.

In a report  released on Wednesday by its Coordinator,Dr. Alagbonsi Abdullateef, ENetSuD, noted that the Governor has given assent to 16 out of the 17 bills passed so far by the KWHA, noting that none of the bills has been declined assent by the Governor. ENetSuD stated that the only bill that is still awaiting the Governor’s assent as at the time of concluding its #KwaraBillsTracker report is the Kwara State Sports Commission (Amendment) Bill 2021, which was passed by the KWHA on 8th June, 2021. However, the status of assent to this bill has not been ascertained yet by ENetSuD.

Noting the promptness in the preparation of the clean copy of bills by the KWHA and assent by the Governor, ENetSuD said that the short duration between the 3rd reading of the bills in the KWHA and the assent by the Governor shows their meticulousness and cooperation of both arms of government.

For instance, the Compulsory Free Universal Basic Education (Amendment), Kwara State University (Amendment), Teaching Service Commission (Amendment), and Local Government Miscellaneous Provisions (Amendment) bills, which were all passed by the KWHA on 3rd March, 2020, were all assented to by the Governor on 12th March 2020 (9 days after).

ENetSuD also noted that some bills were assented to by the Governor the same date the KWHA passed them. Some of these include Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) which was passed and signed on 15th October 2020; Revised 2020 Budget which was passed and signed on 27th July 2020, and Repeal of Governor and Deputy Governor (Payment of Pension) which was passed and signed on 26th January 2021.

Some bills took only one (1) day interval between the passage by the KWHA and assent by the Governor. An example is the 2020 Budget which was passed by KWHA on 29th January 2020 and signed by the Governor on 30th January, 2020. A similar example is the Geographic Information Service Bill, which was passed by the KWHA on 14th October 2020 and signed by the Governor on 15th October 2020.

ENetSuD, however, charged the Kwara State Government and the KWHA to make Kwara Laws more accessible to Kwarans, especially by uploading all assented Laws on the official website of KWSG and KWHA.

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