Kwara Assembly passes two bills into law

The Kwara State House of Assembly has passed an amendment on a Bill seeking to include Attorney General on the Governing Council of Abubakar Sola Saraki University, on the ground that the University's Governing Council has been empowered by the principal law, vesting the power to do so, in the Statute of the Institution.

The House took the decision, while considering the report of the House Committee on Education and Human Capital Development on the amendment bill.

The sitting presided over by the Speaker, Dr. Ali Ahmad however resolved that though the amendment was desirable, the power of the ivory tower's Governing Council to make statute for itself, should be with the prior approval of the Governor who is the visitor to the University.

Speaking on the Bill, the Speaker explained that the decision of the House, was the best practice across the world, saying that the "best practice is to empower the University to have academic freedom, but it should be subjected to the prior approval of the Governor who is the visitor to the institution".

The House also passed the bill seeking to empowering the Kwara State Hospitality and Tourism Development Board (Amendment) Bill 2017 to solely collect and register hotels and tourism in the state for the state government as against the previous practice of doing same and remitting it to the National Tourism Development Corporation,

The amendment was based on the Supreme Court Judgment, which ruled in favour of States to collect fees on hotels and tourism centres' registration.

The House equally in its sitting and after long deliberation by members on the contributions of the chieftain of All Progressives Congress ( APC) Alh. Yusuf Aiyedun who passed on last Sunday, towards the socio-economic and political development of the State, urged the State Government to immortalise him.

This followed a Matter of General Public Importance raised by a member representing Isin Constituency Hon. Emmanuel Abodurin.

The House who observed a minute silence for the repose of the soul of the deceased, also resolved to write condolence message to the family of the deceased.

Most of the members who paid glowing tribute to the deceased extolled his virtues, describing him as a great politician, stabiliser, loyal, gentle, resolute, frank person, who devoted his life's endownments towards serving God and humanity.