By Josephine Oguntoyinbo
& Adekola Afolabi
The Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu yesterday signed three bills passed by the Ondo State House of Assembly into Laws.
The new laws are: Management of Funds Accruing to the Ondo State Judiciary from the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the state, otherwise known as Judiciary Autonomy Law; Management of the Funds of the Ondo State House of Assembly and for other matters, popularly referred to as, Legislative Financial Autonomy Law and the Establishment of the Law for the House of Assembly Service Commission.
Briefing Government House Reporters, the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, said the development would strengthen good governance within the two arms of government and ensure accountability, transparency, efficient and effective utilisation of funds to the arms of government.
Also speaking, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Sir Charles Titiloye said the new laws were products of wide consultations with critical stakeholders.
He said the laws provide for an Implementation Committee for each arm of government to access its respective fund and take decisions on how to distribute such funds among major departments in the respective arms of government.
Titiloye added that the Speaker will serve as Chairman of the Committee for the Legislative arm while the Chief Judge will serve as Committee Chairman for the Judiciary.
The Ondo State House of Assembly had earlier passed the three bills on June 29 this year.
The house passed the bills following the submission of a report by the Chairman House Committee on selection who is also the Deputy Speaker, Rev Samuel Aderoboye for consideration and approval as well as the scaling through of the bill for third reading at a plenary sitting presided over by the Speaker, Bamidele Oleyelogun.
The committee in its submission averred that the bill will regulate the procurement process and all legislative activities of the house.
The lawmakers unanimously, in a voice vote, agreed that the bill would enhance efficiency and strengthen democracy.
On the judiciary autonomy, Deputy Speaker of the House Rev Samuel Aderoboye said the bill will regulate the activities as regards the Judiciary fund management in line with the objective of the law.
Reacting in a telephone interview with The Hope, Chairman House Committee on Information, Olugbenga Omole speaking on behalf of other Lawmakers commended Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for being among the first set of governors to ascent to the bills, describing it as a welcome development.
“We believe that this will further strengthen the cordial relationship between the executive and the legislative arms.
He said this would further give the legislative arm opportunity of proper planning as at when due and as well boost legislative business in the state.
“Even before the ascent, we have no doubt in the governor, we know he would do the needful ,the bills are documents and must passed through the Attorney General and other parties to critically looked into it before ascent”.