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Oyebanji Signs New Laws, Restates Commitment to Good Governance

Ekiti state Governor, Mr Biodun Oyebanji, has restated the commitment of his administration at applying legislative framework to strengthen the institution of governance in the state.

Oyebanji made this declaration on Monday while assenting to new laws recently passed by the State House of Assembly at the Executive Council Chamber of the Governor’s office adding that his administration is committed to quality legislative framework and strong institutions to make government programmes and policies enduring legacies to bequeath on the people of the state.

The bills signed into law are Ekiti State Regulation Approval Law, 2024; Ekiti State Environmental Protection and Watershed Management Agency Law, 2024; Ekiti State Bureau of Asset Management Law, 2024 and Ekiti State Local Content (First Amendment) Law, 2024.

Speaking shortly after signing of the laws, Governor Oyebanji assured the people of the state that his administration would not relent at ensuring that made for the common good of the people were implemented swiftly to impact service delivery in the State.

The Governor said Ekiti State Environmental Protection and Watershed Management Agency Law, 2024 was part of government agenda to provide friendly environment for her citizens, through protection of its waters and the environment. The government is committed to environmental protection and management, erosion prevention and control, watershed and catchment management through public enlightenment.

He added that the law would provide framework for coordinating inter-sectorial activities towards environmental protection and management, erosion prevention, watershed management, mining and other ecological issues in the State as well as ensure and enforce adequate environmental standards for the State.

The Governor also stated the benefits of Ekiti State Bureau of Asset Management Law, 2024 to include management, optimization and maintenance of state-owned assets, provide for the preservation and maintenance of new and existing assets owned by the State Government and also develop a framework to guide the management and use of government assets.

On the Ekiti State Local Content (First Amendment) Law, 2024, Governor Oyebanji said the law would henceforth give priority to the local contractors and their inclusion in contracts bidding, procurements and service delivery as well as promote the extraction of minerals resources in the State to improve internally generated revenue and locally made goods by encouraging local artisans and other citizens to benefit and contribute to the socio-economic development of the State.

Oyebanji also said Ekiti State Regulation Approval Law, 2024 Would give impetus to government to forward to the House of Assembly regulations and subsidiary legislations made by all MDAs in the State for collation and confirmation to avoid conflict of regulations amongst the MDAs before they are published in the State Official Gazette.

He noted further that the law would empower the House of Assembly to approve all regulations and subsidiary legislations to check arbitrary regulations not based on government policies.

Speaking further, the Governor assured Ekiti people of his administration’s unwavering commitment and determination to bring the dividends of democracy to all nooks and crannies of the State adding that the policy initiatives and roadmap to keeping Ekiti working would continue to be felt by people at the grassroots.

Oyebanji said “It has been my practice to acknowledge the smooth working relationship between the Executive and the Legislature. In the Constitutional system, the Legislature provides checks and balances on the Executive, but it must also be a source of creative, responsible leadership, for in the end, work must be done and progress must be made.

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