Osun: Assembly passes Social Protection Bill 2018

David Adenekan
David Adenekan
Osun: Assembly passes Social Protection Bill 2018
Najeem Salam

Osun State House of Assembly has passed the Osun Social Protection Bill 2018.

The bill, according to the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, was passed on Tuesday, during the plenary presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Akintunde Adegboye.

The passage followed a motion moved by the House’s Deputy Leader, Bello Osuolale, and seconded by Hon. Babatunde Komolafe (Atakumosa East/West).

Osun Social Protection Bill allows for the establishment of the State of Osun Social Protection Implementation Committee for the management and control of the state social protection programmes.

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When signed into law, it will combat and reduce poverty, provide persons living with disabilities in the state with the means to cope with major life risks, ensure access to affordable health care, social protection and social assistance.

Also, it will ensure decent employment and sustainable livelihood, enhance human capital development and human dignity as well as promoting social cohesion, equity and inclusive economic growth in the state.

Among existing social protection programmes initiated by the Rauf Aregbesola led government in the state are  Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES); Osun Elementary School Feeding and Health Programme (O-Meal); Free services for children attending special schools; Elderly Welfare Scheme (Agba Osun) and Osun Rural Enterprise and Agriculture Programme (O-REAP) among others.

After the passage, the Speaker urged the Clerk to immediately transmit the bill to the governor for assent, adding that all previously sent bills must be followed up to ascertain the governor’s stance for further steps.

Also, the House commenced work on the “State of Osun Assembly Service Commission Establishment and Management (Amendment No. 2), Bill 2018” after a motion by the Deputy Majority Leader, Bello Osuolale and seconded by Hon. Gbadebo Akanbi (Ede North).

The bill was also passed after sailing through the policy trust and second reading.

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