Edo House Passes Law Prohibiting Human Trafficking

The Edo State House Assembly on Wednesday passed into law a bill to prohibit trafficking in persons and for the establishment of the Edo State Task Force Against Traffickingn in Persons.
The bill, which is made up of 80 Sections, was passed after it was considered by the House for six allotted days. It seeks among other things, to check human trafficking in the state .
Although no major amendment was carried out, the House was made to revert to Committee of the Whole for the second time when it was considered on the sixth allotted day, to amend some sections of the bill.
Reversion of the House to committee of the whole again followed a motion by the member representing Orhionmwon East, Nosayaba Okunbor, who read Order 50 of the House rule which states that the House could revert to Committee of the Whole to amend any section of a bill before giving it third reading.
At the committee of the whole, the lawmaker observed that there was no point for the inclusion of FIDA and NAPTIP in the taskforce.
Okunbor also stated that secretary to be appointed by the Governor to the taskforce must not be limited to the Ministry of Justice, but could be any practising lawyer.
He Okunbor also pointed out that the Nigeria Police, DSS and NDLEA should not be included in the taskforce because of the clause mandating members of the taskforce to appear before the parliament for screening.
The Speaker, Alhaji Kabiru Adjoto, who did not oppose the observations of the lawmaker, wondered how FIDA and NDLEA were smuggled into the bill when they were not originally part of the bill.
He stated that no committee could inject any new thing into a bill except at the Committee of the Whole.

Author: News Editor

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