The Bills which are ‘Violence against Persons’ and ‘Development of Local Content’ were assented to by the Governor after the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori; his deputy, Hon. Ochor Christopher Ochor; the Clerk, Mrs. Lyna Ocholor and other principal officers of the house presented the Bills to the Governor for assent at Government House, Asaba.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa lauded the leadership and members of the state legislature for the passage of the Bills which he said will have direct positive impact on the lives of the people and the development of the state. Governor Okowa noted that general growth of any society is tied to the laws governing it and charged members of the state House of Assembly to continue to make laws that would bring sanity to the society and punish law defaulters. Governor Okowa intimated the Speaker and other principal officers of the house that the 2021 Appropriation Bill would be presented to the house soon.
Presenting the Bills for assent, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori said Bills were to contain violence against persons and the development of local skills, manpower development and transfer of technology by operators of companies in the state. Hon. Oborevwori explained that Violence against Persons Bill will effectively regulate the rampant violence against the girl child and women in the society.
Hon. Oborevwori added that traditional harmful practices such as widowhood maltreatment, female circumcision and genital mutilation is also prohibited in the Bill, pointing out that the Bill provides for enforcement of court orders by law enforcement officers, state institutions and other relevant agencies in the state. On the Local Content Bill, the Speaker said it aims at the transfer of technology and skills to indigenes of Delta State by companies operating in the state.
He adding the transfer of skills and conscious building of manpower and skilled workforce will lead to employment opportunities in the state, thereby reducing unemployment.