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By Femi Olugbemi.
The Kogi State House of Assembly has passed the long awaited HB 02, A Bill for a Law to make provision for a Contributory Pension Scheme for Employees in the Public Service of Kogi State and for other matters connected therewith.
The bill which was sponsored by the Executive as part of the efforts of the new direction administration to reform the state civil service for effective and efficient service delivery to the people.
The bill which will now become law immediately the Governor assents to it has been on legislative scrutiny, passing various stages of legislation before it was given its third and final reading yesterday at the Hallowed chamber of the sixth assembly.
Considering the clause by clause reports of the joint committee on Establishment and Judiciary at the Committee of whole, the member representing Ibaji State, Hon. John Abah is of the opinion that the private sector should be carry along in line with the Federal laws, while Rt. Hon. Umar Ahmed Imam, representing Lokoja I, said to avoid private sector questions in the nearest future, a column should be created to accommodate them.
While the Honourable Speaker, Rt. Hon. Matthew Kolawole, member representing Kabba/Bunu State Constituency ruled that despite the private sector being covered by the Federal Law, there was still need for them to be considered in the bill.
The passing of bill bring the total bills passed to law within three months to two laws while 7 bills are awaiting passage haven gone through public hearing.
The passage of the Contributory Pension Scheme would give a big relief to both the State Government and the Civil Servants in the state to access their pension without any hitch as soon as they retire from active service.
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