On Wednesday, the Ekiti State House of Assembly passed two laws to further strengthen the state’s development and economy: the Electricity Power Sector Bill, 2023, and the Ekiti State Development and Investment Promotion Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2023.
After being reviewed in Committee of the Whole and with voice notes by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Adeoye Aribasoye, the bills were approved by the House.
The first bill, the Ekiti State Electricity Power Sector Bill, 2023, aims to establish state electricity generation, transmission, and distribution in urban, semi-urban, and rural communities. It was passed after the report of the Committee on Infrastructure and Public Utilities was read by its Chairman, Hon. Femi Akindele.
In addition to establishing an enabling environment for private investment in power generation and distribution in the state, the bill will provide for the provision of energy through the Ekiti State power Board and Ekiti State Power Company.
The other bill that was passed was the Ekiti State Development and Investment Promotion Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2023, which was introduced by the member of parliament for Ikole I, Hon. Femi Fatunla. It was the first privately sponsored measure to pass in the Seventh Assembly.
Also discussed and referred to the Environment Committee for further Legislative review at the plenary was a bill for a Law to repeal the Ekiti State Environmental Protection Agency Law 2009 and to re_enact the Ekiti State Environmental Protection and Watershed Management Agency Law 2023 and other Matters connected therewith.