The Cross River State Centre for Citizens’ Rights and Public Defender and other related matters bill 2016 has been passed into law.
Pronouncing the passage of the bill into law, the Speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. John Gaul Lebo, said the bill was passed in accordance with the relevant section of the Law to provide a Commission to oversee the rights and defend the public in the State.
Presenting the report of the special Committee set up by the Cross River State House of Assembly, chairman of the committee Rt. Hon. Ogana Lukpata, Deputy Whip and member representing Yala II State Constituency, said the Committee took a holistic approach in handling the issues as raised in the bill by engaging Stakeholders and members of the public, through various forums before coming up with the report.
Lukpata assured the House that the bill when passed into law will attend to the needs of the citizens of the State and stand for their defence.
Most members contributed to the discussion of the bill maintaining that it seeks to accelerate the rights of citizens and defend the common man.
One of the bold steps taken by the Cross River State Government and we are sure Cross Riverians would be well pleased.