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SANWO-OLU APPROVES 21-YEAR JAIL TERM FOR CULTISTS, SIGNS ANTI-CULTISM BILL INTO LAW*

  1. *SANWO-OLU APPROVES 21-YEAR JAIL TERM FOR

    CULTISTS, SIGNS◊ ANTI-CULTISM BILL INTO LAW.GOVERNOR Appoints Two Permanent Secretaries, Members

    of Procurement Agency Governing Board*
    *•Three Other Bills Signed Into Law*
    Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has signed
    the bill for the Prohibition of Unlawful Societies and Cultism
    of 2021 into law, approving 21-year jail term for convicted
    cultists in the State.
    The State’s House of Assembly, in February, passed the
    anti-cultism bill, which also stipulates 15-year jail term for
    anyone found guilty of abetting cultists and residents who
    willfully allow their properties to be used as meeting points
    by cultists.
    Sanwo-Olu assented to the bill at the swearing-in event for
    newly appointed members of the State’s Public
    Procurement Agency Governing Board and two Permanent
    Secretaries held at Banquet Hall in the State House, Alausa,
    on Monday.
    At the event, the Governor also signed three other bills into
    law. They are Lagos State Audit Service Commission
    (Amendment) Law of 2019, Lagos State Public Procurement
    Bill of 2021 and Coronavirus Pandemic Emergency Law of
    2021.
    The anti-cultism law repeals the Cultism (Prohibition) Law
    of 2007 (now Cap. C18, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria,
    2015) and provides for more stringent punitive measures, as
    well as makes its application all-encompassing and
    applicable to the general public, as against the restriction of
    the previous law to students of tertiary institutions.
    Sanwo-Olu said the State had suffered the negative effects
    of unlawful societies and cultism, stressing that the new law
    sought to make parents more responsible and show more
    interest in the up-bringing of their children and wards to
    ensure that they do not become a burden to the society.
    Speaking on the appointment of the procurement agency’s
    Governing Board members, the Governor said their selection
    was predicated on their track record of integrity, experience
    and professional competence.
    He said the Board’s duty was to oversee the procurement
    process, by ensuring that public funds were judiciously
    expended in manner that would promote accountability,
    transparency and value for money.
    Sanwo-Olu said: “Your major responsibility as members of
    the Public Procurement Governing Board is to ensure strict
    adherence to the provisions of the State Public
    Procurement Law. You hold a crucial and strategic role in
    preventing wasteful spending and corruption in public
    procurement. The State Government and taxpayers count
    on you to keep the procurement process as transparent as
    possible.”
    The Governor said the appointment of the two Permanent
    Secretaries into the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure
    was part of the move to restructure the ministry into two
    distinct offices, as necessitated by the need to engender
    improved efficiency and faster delivery of key projects
    under the purview of the Ministry.
    “I challenge you to utilise your wealth of knowledge and
    experience for the expedited and seamless delivery of
    works and infrastructure projects; you must ensure that we
    achieve our purpose for restructuring the two offices,”
    Sanwo-Olu charged the appointed Permanent Secretaries.
    The bill to amend the State’s Audit Law of 2015 was
    initiated by the executive to address observed flaws
    hindering the successful implementation of the extant Audit
    Law, Cap. A13, Laws of Lagos State, 2015.
    With the amendments, the Central Internal Audit (CIA),
    which was a department in the Ministry of Finance is now a
    department under the Audit Service Commission. This is to
    bring auditors under one body for effective administration
    and independence of internal auditors in line with best
    global practice.
    Lagos State Public Procurement Agency Law originally
    enacted in 2011, forms the legal bedrock for the public
    procurement regime in the State. The Law was based on the
    United Nations Commission on International Trade Law
    (UNCITRAL) model which is a properly regulated
    procurement system standard on international best practice.
    The Public Procurement Agency Governing Board members
    are the Commissioner for Finance, Dr Rabiu Olowo
    (chairman), Commissioner for Economic Planning and
    Budget, Mr Sam Egube, Attorney General and Commissioner
    for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN, Mr. Fatai
    Onafowote (General Manager), Mrs Foluso Onabowale, Mr
    Foluso Mustapha, and Mr Lanre Olusola.
    Each Governing Board’s member has a term of three years
    to serve in the Board.
    The two Permanent Secretaries are Arc. Adebayo Odusanya
    (Office of Works) and Engr. Rotimi Thomas (Office of
    Infrastructure).

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