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Ekiti moves against ‘Omo Onile’ 

From Victor Akinkuolie Ado-Ekiti
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It will be no business as usual for land grabbers in Ekiti State as the state government will soon send a bill to the House of Assembly to criminalise their activities.

The State Executive Council at its second meeting on Wednesday approved the enactment of Property Protection (Anti-Land Grabbing) Bill, 2018.

The decision to crack down on the activities of land grabbers, known in local parlance as Omo Oniles, was one of the decisions reached at the cabinet meeting presided over by Governor Kayode Fayemi.

The bill, according to the Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Yinka Oyebode, was aimed at prohibiting forceful entry, illegal occupation of landed property, volent and fraudulent conduct in relation to landed properties in Ekiti State.

Oyebode also disclosed that the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Bill was also approved by the state cabinet.

He explained that the bill was meant to mainstream sustainable development goals across the workings of government and to raise awareness of sustainable development goals and practices across Ekiti State.

The council also approved a memorandum on specific interventions and activities for transforming the administration of justice system and state legal affairs as presented by Honourable Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice.

Key activities in this memorandum includes a reopening of the sex offenders register, the establishment of a Ministry of Justice Academy, the publication of the Laws of Ekiti State and the inauguration of the Ekiti State Administration of Justice Council.

Oyebode stressed that the purpose of these bills and interventions is to strengthen good governance and enhance rapid socio-economic development in Ekiti State.

The Hope Owena Press
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