Ekiti Assembly Passes Social Protection Bill

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The Ekiti House of Assembly has passed the Social Protection Bill 2020 aimed at ensuring that children and vulnerable persons in the state have access to basic social services and infrastructure.

The bill was passed at Wednesday’s plenary presided over by the Speaker, Mr Funminiyi Afuye.

Mrs Olubunmi Adelugba, the Chairman of the Joint Committees on Finance and Appropriation, Women Affairs, Trade and Investments and Judiciary and Legal Matters, submitted her committee’s report to members of the Assembly which consequently adopted it.

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According to Adelugba, the bill if eventually assented to by Gov. Kayode Fayemi will reduce poverty among the people and provide guiding principles for managing social protection programmes.

Adelugba said the law would also enhance human capital development, ensure the dignity of human life, promote social welfare, improve food security and nutrition as well as provide synergy and coordination among all intervention agencies and Non-Governmental Organisations.

NAN reports that the assembly also committed to its Committee on Judiciary and Legal Matters the Ekiti Law Reform Commission (Amendment) Bill 2020 for further legislative scrutiny.

Also, the assembly set aside Order Two Rule 11 of the Standing Order of South-West State Houses of Assembly in order to conduct Wednesday’s plenary in the English Language instead of Yoruba language.

Afuye, in his remarks, urged the lawmakers and Nigerians, in general, to ensure that the country’s local languages do not go into extinction.

He said that Nigerians must ensure the promotion of native languages and recommended that the Standing Order manual of the assembly be translated into Yoruba.

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