On Thursday, the Edo House of Assembly approved a bill creating the John Odigie Oyegun Public Service Academy (JOOPSA) to oversee the state’s civil and public servant training.
The legislature also approved a law creating the state drug and health commodities management agency.
The resolution to dissolve the assembly into a committee of the full house to study the measures clause-by-clause was made by the majority leader, Henry Okhuarobo (PDP-Ikpoba-Okha).
Nosayaba Okunbor (PDP-Orhiomwon East) seconded the motion.
The two institutions would have governing boards, whose chairs will be chosen by the governor, according to the lawmakers.
St. Titus College of Health Sciences and Technology was established during plenary, and a measure to create rules for the imposition and collection of a land use fee in the state also made it through second reading.
Mr. Francis Okiye (PDP-Esan North-East I), who was in charge of the discussion on the bill on the collection of land usage fees, praised the house for harmonising it.
“I’m supporting the bill because of the house’s determination to harmonise it by separating the authorities of the state government from those of the local government in terms of the implementation of land use charges, not because of the content of the law.
“We will dot the I’s and cross the T’s,” he continued, “when we get to the clause-by-clause consideration of the bill.”
Through a voice vote, more parliamentarians also voiced their unanimity in favor of the bill’s approval.
The House Clerk, Yahaya Omogbai, then gave the measure a second reading.