Typographical errors stall implementation of VAP laws in Edo, says ex-speaker

Typographical errors stall implementation of VAP laws in Edo, says ex-speaker

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Typographical errors have been identified as the bane behind the implementation of Violence Against Persons (VAP) laws in the State.

EDO STATE GOVERNOR, GODWIN OBASEKI, FLANKED BY HIS DEPUTY, HON. PHILIP SHAIBU (RIGHT) AND THE FORMER SPEAKER OF THE STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY, HON. KABIRU ADJOTO (LEFT) SIGNING THE END VIOLENCE AGAINST PERSONS (VAP) BILL INTO LAW AT THE GOVERNMENT HOUSE, BENIN CITY IN FEBRUARY 2019

Governor Godwin Obaseki signed the Bill into law in February 2019 by the 5th Assembly—led by Hon. Kabiru Adjotu who represented Akoko-Edo Constituency 1 in the 24-member house.

But a former house of Edo State Assembly, Hon. Elizabeth Ativie disclosed this at a chat with newsmen in Benin City.

The three-term lawmaker who represented Uhunmwode Constituency, called on the State house of Assembly to set aside the rules of the house and effect a minor amendment to the law by domesticating implementation in Edo State High court.

Ativie, the sponsor of the Bill, said: “As far as I am concern, there are no issues about that law other than typographical issues. This laws should be implemented by Edo State High court. We used the national VAP as a model.

“We worked on the national to get out own. But those who went to type the draft copy of the law, just typed everything and said that the law should be implemented by federal High courts.

“It is a typographical error. What is wrong, if a house sit one day to amend the law. But if it is a budget brought by Government, they would out down all the rules and pass it that same day and out down the rules of the house that the law should be implemented by Edo State Federal High court.

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“What stops this House of Assembly to That is all. You see, it became political because they are looking at the cost of implementation?”, the ex-speaker asked.

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