Delta Community Security Corps Agency Bill Scales Second Reading

*Delta State House if Assembly complex, Asaba 
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By Andrew Ikehi

 

A Bill for the establish­ment of an indigenous security outfit in Delta State; “Delta State Commu­nity Security Corps Agency 2020” on Tuesday, passed second reading at the State House of Assembly.

The Bill, which is coming on the hills of the rising se­curity challenges in the state, such as kidnapping, herds­men/farmers’ clash, armed robbery and other forms of banditry and illicit activities in the state, is already win­ning the interest and support of majority of the state’s lawmakers.

The Bill, which has now been referred to the State Com­mittee on Special Bills and Secu­rity, when eventually passed into law, will assist in maintaining law and order in the state and for other related purposes.

When passed into law, the es­sence of the Corps that would be managed by the agency is to reinvigorate the efforts of the State Government at ensuring that community policing at the grassroots is able to keep the citizenry of the state from activities of criminals in the state.

Debating in favour of the Bill at plenary yester­day, the various Speakers, who included the Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Ochor Christopher Ochor, Chief Whip, Hon. (Evang.) Princess Pat Ajudua, and the member representing Aniocha South, Hon. Austin Chikeze, described the Bill as apt and timely.

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Others who spoke in favour of the Bill on the floor of the House, included the Deputy Chief Whip and Member representing Uvwie Constituency at the State House, Hon. Solomon Ighrakpata, Ughelli South, Hon. Izeze Rueben, Warri South-West, Hon. Guwor Emomotimi, Aniocha North, Hon. Emeka Nwaobi and Ughelli North 1, Hon. Oniyere Charles Whomrowho.

Speaking specifically, the Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Ochor Christopher Ochor, while commending the State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, for initiating the Bill, held that when finally passed into law, the Bill will help in great measure in curbing the rising cases of criminality in the state.

Ochor, while urging his colleagues to ensure the speedy passage of the Bill, described it as a welcomed development in the face of the rising casesof criminali­ty and crime commission in the state in the recent time.

Similarly, the Chief Whip, Hon. (Evang.) Princess Pat Ajudua, in her submission, said, “I want to lend my voice for the passage of this Bill as it is indeed germane, apt and timely.”

Having listened to the submissions from the various lawmakers, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, referred the Bill to the House Committee on Special Bills and Security.

 

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