The Yobe State House of Assembly convened a significant one-day public hearing to deliberate on proposed bills for the establishment of the Hisbah Commission and the Yobe State Information Technology Development Agency (YITDA). The honorable Speaker of the Assembly, Hon. Chiroma Buba Mashio, has expressed unwavering commitment to ensuring the passage of these pivotal bills.
The event, held at the assembly complex in Damaturu on Thursday, saw Speaker Mashio underlining the importance of these bills. He emphasized that establishing the Hisbah Commission is crucial for the full implementation of Sharia Law, which was previously endorsed by the House in 2000. This move reaffirms the state’s commitment to upholding Islamic principles.
Additionally, Speaker Mashio recognized the timeliness of the YITDA bill in the context of the modern global technology landscape. He believes that the agency will empower the government to equip more young individuals with essential computer skills and modern technological knowledge, fostering self-reliance among the youth.
Speaker Mashio commended the House committees responsible for organizing the public hearing, specifically the Information and Justice Committee, as well as the Judiciary and Religious Affairs Committee. He emphasized that such hearings are an integral part of the legislative process that precedes the enactment of a bill into law.
Hon. Yakubu Suleiman, the Chairman of the House Committee on Justice, Judiciary, and Religious Affairs, expressed the committees’ commitment to thoroughly evaluate all recommendations put forth during the public hearing for future consideration.
Several organizations, including the Ministry of Information, Ministry of Religious Affairs, Yobe Islamic Centre, Yobe Muslim Umma Forum, Nigerian Security Civil Defence Corps, and the Nigeria Bar Association, participated by presenting their insights and recommendations during the public hearing. Numerous civil society organizations also seized the opportunity to contribute to the discussion, making the event a comprehensive and inclusive platform for deliberation.