Governor Bello signs bill granting autonomy to Kogi State legislature; three others bills into law – InsideStory

A bill for the creation of the Kogi State House of Assembly Service Commission, which grants autonomy to the Kogi State House of Assembly has been signed into law by the state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello.

The signing ceremony took place on Tuesday at the state Government House in Lokoja.

The three other bills assented to by Governor Bello includes; An Act for the Provision of a Contributory Pension Scheme for the State Civil Servants; A Law for Road Traffic and Vehicle Inspection; and A Law on Kogi State Water Supply and other Matters Connected thereto.

The Governor stated that signing of the Kogi State House of Assembly Service Commission Act was a demonstration of his desire to show that his administration truly models itself after that of President Muhammadu Buhari who believes in the separation of powers among various arms of government.

He said the implication of the act is that the day-to-day running of the assembly would be independent of other arms of government and would make the state legislators to be more effective in the discharge of their duties.

In his reaction to the civil service contributory pension scheme law, Governor Bello said it was part of what he set out to achieve on assumption of office because his interest was not only the removal of names of those who were not supposed to be in the government records, but also to ensure that retiree civil servants do not suffer unnecessary hardships before accessing their entitlements after meritorious service.

On the traffic regulations law, the Governor noted that the document would ensure necessary fines and fees were imposed on those who run foul of the rules and also ensure improved security of lives of citizens of the state.

“It shall also help us ensure that the state government has records of all vehicles plying the state highways,” Bello enthused.

While applauding the people of the state for being proactive on how best the state water resources were utilised, he said the Kogi State Water Supply was the creation of the citizens who had raised concerns on the level of abuse being meted to water supply by fellow citizens.

Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Rt Hon Matthew Kolawole had earlier applauded Governor Bello for his purposeful leadership for the state, which he said has given a sense of belonging to the citizens.

He expressed grattitude for the passionate desire of the governor to have clear separation of powers among the tiers of government.