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N200m wasted on review of Bendel State Laws – Oshiomhole

By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN—EDO State governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has said that about N200million was wasted by previous administrations on the review of Laws of Bendel State.

The governor disclosed that the sum of N174million was spent on the printing of the Laws in 2007, which was replete with errors, thus making it unfit for public use.

Represented by his deputy, Dr. Pius Odubu, at the state quarterly Conference of Law Review which took place in Benin City yesterday,  Oshiomhole said that though previous efforts at reviewing the law were bad and unfit for publication by the last administration, it went ahead to re-appoint most members of the commission into a re-constituted one for political reasons.

Faced with this scenario on assumption of office, the governor said he dissolved the Law Review Commission and re-constituted a new one.

Comrade Oshiomhole disclosed that from the brief  received, he realized that the commission had a chequered and not-too-palatable history, as the reason for which it was set-up in 2001 was not realized.

Hoping that the present commission would live up to expectation, Oshiomhole urged it to adopt a holistic approach to reforming the Laws and work with the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice to present a Bill to the State House of Assembly to amend its extant enabling laws.

Earlier in his address, the chairman of the commission, Oluwole Osamudiame Iyamu, said that it amounted to backwardness for Edo State not to have laws that were systematically codified and compiled as, “The Laws of  Edo State,” eighteen years after its creation.

He disclosed that the quarterly conference was informed by the need to give the people of the state a voice in the commission’s assignment in line with the governor’s philosophy of “let the people lead.”

The two-day conference has as its theme, The Law and Gender Sensitivity, under the status and common law-a case for reform.


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