Members of Oyo State House of Assembly have passed no fewer than three bills into law.
The three bills were passed by the lawmakers during their plenary on Thursday.
The bills that sailed through third reading and were finally passed into laws were Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Response Team and Referral Centre Bill, 2020, Hotel Occupancy and Restaurant Consumption Tax Bill, 2021 and Oyo State Audit Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2021.
The three bills were passed following the presentations of reports of the committees that considered them.
Chairman House Committee on Women Affairs, Hon Olawumi Oladeji in her submission, said the State Gender-Based Violence Response Team and Referral Centre Bill, 2020 just passed into law was another milestone in the effort to put an end to all forms of violence against girls, women and all categories of humans.
Oladeji added that the response team and the referral center will help to coordinate all the activities and programs aimed at addressing gender-based violence in the State.
Another lawmaker, Isiaka Kazeem, while reading the Committee report on the Hotel Occupancy and Restaurant Consumption Tax Bill, noted that the bill would help in; increasing the internally generated revenue of the State, and commended the House of Assembly for the passage of the bill.
In his own report on the Oyo State Audit Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2021, the Chairman House Committee on Public Account, Finance and Appropriation, Hon Hakeem Mustapha said the bill was in line with the plan by the State Government to make the Oyo State Audit Commission more functional.
Mustapha, while speaking further, explained that the law was amended to ensure that offices of the Auditors-General at both the state and local government levels are competitive and tenured.
Speaker of the Assembly, Adebo Ogundoyin, in his own contribution, said the three bills that have become laws had joined the list of bills passed by the 9th Oyo Assembly.
“We have surpassed past Assemblies in terms of passage of bills, motions and resolutions.
“We have over 70 bills and we are still counting. To God be the glory.”