by Alli Mustapha
Yesterday, Tuesday, March 17, the kosofe local government has successfully held its proposed bills public hearing which is aimed at increasing the internally generated revenue of the local government administration, at Mende Town Hall, Maryland.
The public hearing which lasted 3 hours had in attendance; Hon. Afolabi Babatunde Sofola (Chairman Kosofe Local Government), Hon. Onayemi – County (Leader of the legislative council), Environmental health practitioners, Chief Imams, Pastors, Baales, and residents of the local government.
The local government aired 12 bills that would be passed to law after two weeks of the public hearing. However, there was great stress on the radio/tv license bill and environmental sanitation bye-law.
The bills are: Environmental sanitation and other related offence bye-law, Foodstuffs and regulated premises bye-law, radio/T.V license bill; Merriment/Entertainment permit bill; Establishment of markets regulation and prohibition of the street trading bill; Bill for Law to (amend) and regulate the operation of car wash within kosofe local government; bill on shop permit; Bill to regulate the control of kiosk, workshop, and private lock-up shops; Liquor license; Warehouse permit; Bill on street naming and numbering, Bye-law on the schedule of revenue rates/tariffs and other connected purposes changeable in Kosofe Local Government.
Speaking at the event, the Leader of the Kosofe legislative council, Hon. Onayemi – County Olumide established that the bills to be passed are inclusive and progressive.
He said: “We intend to come up with all-inclusive and comprehensive Bye-Laws hence we call for a memorandum from your partners in progress. You will all agree with me that a clean and healthy environment would not only enhance economic growth but also rid our environment off diseases and miscreants whose activities pose threat to lives and properties within the local government”
“The local government may become incapacitated if there are not enough funds to implement our lofty programmes therefore the bills to improve the internally generated revenue are amongst what we are presenting before you today. If you pay your rates regularly, the local government shall continue to provide basic infrastructure for the benefit of all” He added.
The chairman, Hon. Afolabi Babatunde Sofola who heaped praises on his councillors, also maintained that the passing and hearing of the bills would facilitate both executive and legislative functions.
“Most of these bills when enacted into law I believe would help the executive arm and by extension the local government in serving the people better. This public hearing will carry the community along as they are elected to do. I am glad that we have our able representatives among us to witness and shed more light and the experience will make it worthwhile.” He said.