* As Okowa also signs bill on locall content
By Kasarachi Azuka, Asaba
Delta Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, says two laws he just signed would enthrone an atmosphere of security and peace. One is the law to eliminate violence both private and public lives. The other is the Delta State Local Content Agency Law 2020.
The governor commended the state’s House of Assembly for being resourceful and enterprising, saying that it had continued to pass Bills in spite of the tough times the members had had to carry out their functions during the pandemic.
Okowa noted that one of the new laws sought to prohibit all forms of violence against persons and provide maximum protection and effective remedies for victims and punishment against offenders.
He said that the law was very important to all families and to the government because it would ensure the protection of women, girls, children and men.
“By the grace of God, this law will provide enough punishment for all offenders. I read through it and I am quite pleased with the punishments that have been spelt out in the law for people who will be offenders and I urge all Deltans to find time to go through it so that they will be guided accordingly.
Local Content Law
On the Delta State Local Content Agency Law 2020, the governor said that it would provide opportunities for transfer of skills and technology to the people. He warned against host communities taking laws into their hands.
“Once the community is peaceful, the state is peaceful; we are contributing our quota towards the development of the country. It is important that there should be a collaborative effort between the companies that operate in the state and the people in whatever form the company is operating.
2021 budget coming
Okowa announced that in the next couple of days he would present the 2021 Appropriation Bill to the House of Assembly, and hinted that the Budget would witness a contraction in line with current economic realities.
He added that the state government would continue to work hard to ensure the continuation of projects in spite of the economic effects of the pandemic.
Earlier, the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Sheriff Oborevwori, had while presenting the Bills for the governor’s assent, disclosed that the Bills passed through all the processes required in making laws.
“The transfer of skills and conscious building of manpower and skilled workforce will lead to employment opportunities in the state, thereby reducing unemployment,” he stated.