By Bayo Aka.
A bill for a law to amend Kogi State House of Assembly Service Commission Law and other matters connected therewith, Law 2023 has scaled through its third and final reading and passed into law.
The amendment, among other clauses, extends the retirement age of parliamentary staff from 60 to 65 years old or from 35 to 40 years in service notwithstanding the provision of the civil service law.
The amendment, in section three, also states categorically that a prospective Secretary of the Commission shall be a substantive Director on Grade Level 16 and upon being so appointed shall have the status of a Permanent Secretary.
Also, the Chairman of the Commission and his members shall hold office for five years and may be reappointed for another five years of second term subject to the ratification of Kogi State House of Assembly.
Earlier in the lead debate, representative of Okene Town state constituency, Hon. Suleiman Abdulrasaq who is the Majority Leader of the House argued that the extension of service year would boost staff performance, boost morale and help impartation of experience to younger staff.
Other legislators who contributed to the need for the amendments are the Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Paul Enema who represents Dekina/Okura and representative of Olamaboro state constituency, Hon. Ujah Alewo Anthony.
The House resolved into committee of the whole for a clause to clause deliberation on the amendment and subsequently, the Speaker called on the Clerk of the House, Chogudo Ahmed Sule, to give the bill its third and final reading.
Also the bill for a law to establish the Kogi State Meat Hygiene and Inspection and other matters connected therewith Law 2023 has scaled through its second reading.
Leading the debate on it, Hon. Abdulrasaq who said the bill is an executive one, argued that if passed into law it would give room for processed and wholesome meat to be sold in the State.
He added that it would also provide standard abattoir and keep proper data of animal slaughtered in the state.
On his part, Rt. Hon. Aliyu Umar Yusuf said it would help Kogi generate more revenue for government and create hygenic place for slaughtering of animals.