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Ekiti Assembly legislates against high cost of goods, services

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Consumer protection bill passes second reading

As prices of food and services continue to increase in the state, the Ekiti State House of Assembly, yesterday, passed a bill to check the extortionate activities of traders and supplier of goods through second reading.

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The bill tagged: “Ekiti State Consumer Protection Bill,” according to the Speaker, Mr. Funminiyi Afuye, would help in checkmating the activities of extortionists and shylocks when passed and assented to.

After a thorough debate and consideration, the bill was committed to the House Committee on Investment, Trade and Industry, while the Committee on Judiciary and Legal Matters was mandated to work on the Victims Charter Bill, 2021.

In his remarks after the debate on the bill, the Speaker said that the bill was aimed at protecting the masses of Ekiti State from shylock marketers, who usually hike prices of foodstuff and other commodities.

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“I urge the committees to speedily work on the Consumer Protection Bill and that of the Economic Development Council Bill, and report back to the whole House within two weeks,” Afuye said.

In another development, the House referred the bill on the State Economic Development Council, 2021 to the Committee on Finance and Appropriations for further legislative action.

During the proceeding, Chairman of the House Committee on Public Utilities, Mr. Michael Arubu, presented his committee report on the water and sanitation bill, while the Chairman, Public Accounts Committee, Akin Oso, did same for a bill for the establishment of the Auditors-General for State and Local Governments Bill.

Arubu said the Water and Sanitation Bill seeks to improve water management to boost safe and affordable drinking water, as well as end open defecation and provide access to sanitation and hygiene in the state.

Three other bills committed at the House plenary after successfully passing through the second reading include the Ekiti State Consumer Protection Bill, 2021, Ekiti State Victims Charter Bill, 2021 and Ekiti State Economic Development Council Bill, 2021.

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