Bill For People With Disability, Three Others Scale 1st Reading At OGHA - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Thursday, March 19, 2020

Bill For People With Disability, Three Others Scale 1st Reading At OGHA

... As Governor Abiodun Rolls Out Measures To Cushion Effects Of COVID - 19

From Ayobami Ife, Abeokuta

Bill for a law for People with Disability, on Thursday, scaled through first reading at the Ogun State House of Assembly during plenary after it was read by the Acting Clerk of the House, Deji Adeyemo.

Three other Bills also scaled through the first reading  during plenary Presided over by Speaker Kunle Oluomo and they are the Ogun State Fiscal Responsibility Law, 2019, State Public Procurement Law, 2019 and State Health Insurance (Amendment) Law, 2020.

They read in details :"H. B No 031/OG/ 2020- A Bill for a Law to eliminate all forms of discrimination against persons with disabilities, equalize their opportunities in all aspect of life in the society and other matters incidental to, was read for the first time by Adeyemo.

Others are  (H.B No. 029/OG/2020) - A Bill for a Law to provide for the Prudent, Sustainable, Transparent and Accountable Management of the Financial Resources of Ogun State of Nigeria and the Establishment of the Fiscal Responsibility Commission to ensure Sound Fiscal Management Regime and other connected purposes, ( H.B No 030/OG/2019), A bill for a law to establish the Bureau of Public Procurement as the Regulatory Authorities responsible for the Monitoring and Oversight of Public Procurement, Harmonising the Existing Government Policies and Practices by Regulating, Setting Standard  and Developing the Legal Framework and Professional Capacity for Public Procurement in Ogun State and for related matters and another titled:(HB NO 037/OG/2020) A Bill for a Law to amend the Ogun State Health Insurance Scheme Law, 2018.

Meanwhile, the House has put on hold for the next one month, all visits by schools, groups or other individuals to the legislative Complex, except those on appointments.

 The Speaker,  Kunle Oluomo said the suspension was meant to contain the spread of Coronavirus  (COVID) in the State, explaining, however, that only visitors on scheduled appointments and or with formal invitation would be allowed entry to the complex.

He called on all the stakeholders in the health sector, particularly community health workers, State Council of Baales, professional groups, trade associations as well as community Development Associations amongst others to step up measures towards educating members of the public on preventive and precautionary measures to control the spread of the virus in the State.

While commending the State Government for its efforts at preventing the spread of the virus in the State, he sought for more strategies at curtailing the spread of the disease.

Oluomo also implored the Assembly workers to ensure that they do hand washing and make use of sanitizer at the Assembly's main gate before resumption of work daily, cautioning people avoid large gathering including handshake to further promote hygiene.

Similarly, Governor Dapo Abiodun has announced a number of measures to mitigate the imminent reduction in monthly FAAC allocations from the federation account following the recent global economic challenges occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic.
Abiodun who made this known while receiving the Interim Report of the State’s Economic Team led by the Commissioner of Finance and Chief Economic Adviser, Dapo Okubadejo. 

Some of the measures include budget review in line with current realities, restructuring and refinancing of existing loan obligations and processing of new credit facilities to improve the State’s cashflow and take advantage of the more favourable interest rate regime in the country. The Government also bans nonessential travel by all civil servants and political appointees. 

Other initiatives include creatively shoring up internally generated revenue, eliminating leakages and aggressive cost reduction, especially recurrent cost. 

Also recommended are enhancing accountability and transparency and strengthening the Government Delivery Unit to ensure efficient and effective delivery of projects and policies.

Furthermore, government would prioritise capital spending on critical sectors such as agriculture, healthcare, infrastructure, and other projects that will enhance the living standards of the citizenry. 

Having anticipated the enormity of the economic challenges the prevailing circumstances portend, the government is confident that these measures will sufficiently address them.

 Indeed, there is no compromise by the present administration in its commitment to deliver on electoral promises as encapsulated in the Building Our Future Together Agenda, regardless of the prevailing economic circumstances, the statement concluded.

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