Delta Assembly Passes Bill Regulating Manufacture, Use Of Wooden Boats.
On Wednesday, the Delta State House of Assembly passed a Bill for legislation to govern the production and usage of wooden boats in the state.
This followed the acceptance of the House Committee on Special Bills’ report in plenary.
The Chair of the Committee, Pat Ajudua, presented the report, stating that the bill was submitted to the committee on Tuesday after its second reading for additional legislative inspection and analysis.
“This mandate was received with an order to report back on Wednesday, January 26.
“The committee swung into action immediately after plenary in order to bring this assignment to fruition.
“The committee considered the provision of schedule IV, item 1, paragraph (d) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as altered) vis-à-vis the Bill.
“The committee further scrutinised the Bill clause by clause from the long title to the last clause,” she said.
In terms of the Bill’s specifics, Ms Ajudua stated that if signed by the state governor, it would ensure that all producers, operators, and users of wooden boats were registered with the State Directorate of Transport.
She stated that the law would require all builders and operators of wooden boats to receive permits from the State Ministry of Transportation.
Following that, the Majority Leader, Ferguson Onwo, submitted a motion to suspend Order 12, Rule 82, and 83 of the House in order for the Bill to be passed.
The motion was supported by Solomon Ighrakpata and was unanimously accepted by the MPs when put to a voice vote by the Speaker, Sherriff Oborevwori (PDP-Uvwie).
The speaker praised the lawmakers for swift passage of the bill, saying that the gesture would facilitate commerce while also creating job opportunities in riverbank communities.
He stated that the law will aid in the suppression of illegal oil bunkering in the state.
“I thank you for recognising the importance of this bill and for your support and commitment in ensuring that this bill is passed,” he said. (NAN)