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.