Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has signed the the Local Development Council Area (LCDA) Bill 2021 into.
The Governor said the law that gives legal framework to the creation of additional 19 LCDAs, need the support of beneficiary communities and partner the government in successful implementation of the law as it moves to formalise the institutional delivery of the LCDAs.
Ekiti State Consumer Protection law, 2021 and Ekiti State Economic Development Council Law were also signed by the Governor.
Dr Fayemi said the laws signed affirmed the commitment of his administration to good governance, transparency, fair and equal opportunity for development by all communities in the State explaining that the Judiciary and Legislative Management laws would enable the three arms of government to constantly interface on how best to manage the state financial resources in meeting the yearnings of the people of the State.
“These bills are proposed in furtherance of the Memorandum of Action and the implementation of the financial autonomy for the State legislature and judiciary, which was jointly signed by the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, the Conference of Speakers and the National Judicial Council among others on 20 May 2021.
“The enactment of these Bills into law will codify existing arrangements between the three arms of government on revenue allocation. It will enhance the vision of my administration for a self- sustaining three arms of government that work as equals even if separately for the delivery of good governance to the people of Ekiti State.”
The Attorney General bill according to him would guarantee the sustainability of government’s interventions and investments in the justice system and also ensure equitable accessibility and dispensation of justice to all and sundry.
“The Consumer Protection law will promote and protect the rights of consumers in Ekiti State. It is noteworthy that the law provides a framework for aggrieved citizens to seek redress against unfair trade practices and the unscrupulous exploitation of consumers.
“The bill on the Economic Development Council seeks to facilitate economic growth and business competitiveness in Ekiti State by establishing Economic development council that would promote partnership and collaboration between public and private sector.
The Governor thanked the State House of Assembly and the judiciary for what he described as “constructive partnership” between the three arms of government that led to the enactment of the laws. “I commend members of the House of Assembly for the vigour with which they have set about the task of law making.”
Speaker of the House of Assembly, Hon Funminiyi Afuye, represented by the Leader of Government Business, Hon. Gboyega Aribisogan, said the bills were in fulfilment of the yearnings and aspirations of the people of the State and maintained that the legislative Fund management bill and judiciary fund management bill would further deepen democracy and entrenched the principle of separation of power among the three arms of Government.