KWHA Passes 3 Bills into Law
In view of the dwindling revenue allocation of the Kwara State
Government and the need to block all loopholes in the revenue profile of
the state as well as tackle the menace of cultism in the State, the
State House of Assembly has passed three important bills into law.
The bills are the State Revenue Court Amendment bill 2016, the
State Revenue Administration Amendment bill and the Secret Cults and
Secret Society Prohibition Bill 2016.
Under the new law, the
payee now has the right to appeal to revenue court for adjudication
while the revenue court according the new law now has criminal
jurisdiction, while court proceedings must be concluded within 30 days.
Revenue Administration Amendment law will equally ensure smooth
administration of revenue laws in the State to make the State less
dependent on the dwindling federation account.
It equally establish revenue court to ensure quick dispensation of cases relating to revenue collection in the State.
The new Secret Cults and Secret Societies Prohibition law equally
outlawed cultism the establishment, commission, existence, membership
and activities of secret cults and secret societies in both academic and
non academic environments in the State.
The Speaker Dr. Ali
Ahmad along with other members had ensured clause by clause
consideration of the 3 bills after the presentation of reports by the
Chairmen House Committes on Finance and Appropriation and Public
Petition, Ethics, Privileges and Judiciary Hon Mashood Bakare and
Barrister Kamaldeen Fagbemi respectively at the floor of the House.
The Speaker who presided over the sitting while directing the Clerk
to the House Mr. Simon Okedare to read the bills for the third time and
prepare clean copy for the Governor's assent cautioned anybody nursing
the ambition of joining Secret Cults and Secret Societies in the State
to have a rethink or face the wrath of the laws saying that the new law
now provide increased number of jail term
Dr. Ahmad equally
urged Parents and Guardians to monitor the activities of their children
and wards against any anti social conduct adding that the law will
always take its course.
While speaking on the new revenue
law, the Speaker explained that the laws were enacted for the good of
the people of the State and enjoined the people of the State to abide by
the new laws.