The governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, on Tuesday assented to eight bills for the development of the State.
The bills include Ekiti State Development and Investment Promotion Agency Law 2019 , Ekiti State Administration of civil justice Law 2019, College of Agriculture and Technology Reenactment Law 2019.
Others are Ekiti State Logo Reenactment Law 2019, Ekiti State Local Government Administration Law 2019, Ekiti state property protection and anti Land Grabbing law 2019, Ekiti State Security Trust Fund Amendment Law 2019, Ekiti State Waste Management Authority Repeal Law 2019.
The Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Adeniran Alagbada, accompanied by the Clerk and other members of the House presented the documents to the Governor for his assent.
Speaking after signing the bills to law, Governor Fayemi emphasised the significance of each of the new laws to the overall development of the state.
He added that they were aimed at repositioning the state towards delivering the superlative services desirable from democratic governance to the people.
Governor Fayemi said the robust relationship between the executive and the legislature was unparalleled in the history of the state, adding that their legacy of service would stand the test of time, even as they bow out of office in less than 24 hours.
The Governor said: “It gives me great pleasure to be at this altogether valedictory ceremony of the Ekiti State House of Assembly. History is made in different form, but I consider the partnership between the executive and the legislature in our state as a historic partnership. I have a lot to thank the honourable members for their extra-ordinary cooperation. I always say that the Ekiti party is quite different from the traditional party and you are all exemplary of the party.
“This is also unprecedented, I cannot recall any occasion in the last twenty years of our democratic experience where at one go we are signing into law eight bills at an occasion, we may have done four or five but not eight.
“Some believed that the two parties can’t have point of engagement, but this was not so. I always talked about belonging to Ekiti and that is what you have done.
“I cannot recall anytime in the last 20 years when eight bills were signed into laws, so this is significant and these are laws that are important to our state.
“The Administration of Civil Justice law was pioneered by Ekiti. Some of the laws like land grabbing law will help us tackle some of our challenges with land owners.
“As you have rounded off today, this is not the end of the road for you with the way you have demonstrated your love for this state. That culture of belonging to Ekiti party, you are all exemplars of it and I commend you”.
Speaking earlier, the Speaker of the House, Hon Ebenezer Alagbada, said the assembly had been able to pass ten bills since Fayemi took over last year October.
Alagbada lauded the Governor cordial relationship that exists between the executive and legislative arms of government in the state.
He said Governor Fayemi had demonstrated the spirit of statesmanship in handling the affairs of the state, adding that the governor provided conducive atmosphere for them to perform their statutory duties, hence their massive support for the administration.
“We also thank his Excellency for the South African trip. This journey had enriched our knowledge of legislation and I know the Clerk will relay such knowledge to our successors to guide them in their duties.
“We must learn how to separate politics from governance, by doing our best and operate with love in whatever capacity we find ourselves.
” The last four years have been so eventful. We have come, we saw and we have conquered “, he said.