CLO Charges Akwa Ibom House of Assembly to Override Governor Emmanuel’s Veto On Bills

The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), Akwa Ibom State Branch has called on members of the 7th Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly to invoke Section 100(5) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and pass into Law Bills which have been passed by the State House of Assembly and forwarded to the Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, for assent but which have remained with the Governor beyond the constitutionally permissible period of thirty (30) days without assent.

The call was made by the human rights organisation today, Wednesday, 25th August 2021, at the Stakeholders Meeting organised by the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly Committee on Health on two (2) Bills, namely; “A Bill for a Law to Prohibit Stigmatization and Discrimination against People Living with HIV/AIDS and to Regulate the Practice of HIV/AIDS Counselling and Testing and for other Matters Connected Therewith” and “A Bill for a Law to Establish Akwa Ibom State Health Insurance Agency and for other Matters Connected Thereto.”

The CLO’s presentation, which was signed by its State Chairman and State Secretary, Otuekong Franklyn Isong and Comrade (Barr.) Christopher Ekpo, respectively, was delivered at the event by its State Chairman, Otuekong Franklyn Isong.

The CLO noted with dismay that the State Governor has withheld assent to many laudable and people-oriented Bills passed by the 7th House of Assembly without the requisite constitutional action by the House of Assembly pursuant to Section 100(5) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).

CLO listed such Bills to include: the Akwa Ibom State College of Science and Technology Bill; the Customary Courts Bill; the Akwa Ibom Youth Development Fund Bill (AKYDF), among others.

CLO, therefore, urged the State House of Assembly to invoke the provision of Section 100(5) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and pass such Bills into Law for the benefit of the State.

Speaking on the two (2) Bills discussed at the Stakeholders Meeting, CLO described the Bills as commendable pieces of legislation which seek to outlaw the stigmatisation and discrimination of persons living with HIV/AIDS, protect the society at large from exposure to HIV/AIDS infection and as well ensure that every resident of the State has access to quality and affordable health care services.

CLO, therefore, urged the State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, to expeditiously assent to the Bills once they are passed by the State House of Assembly and forwarded to him.

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