Fred Oghenesivbe (EA Communications)

His Excellency, the governor of Delta State, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa today Tuesday July 25, signed the Delta State Investment Development Agency bill 2016, and four others into Law.

The other four bills signed into law are; Delta State Agency For The Control Of HIV/AIDS Bills 2016, Delta State College of Education Bill 2016, Delta State Agriculture And Rural Development Authority (Amendment Bill 2016) and
Delta State Hotel Occupancy Restaurant and Department Stores Consumption Tax Bill 2017, respectively.

The governor while appending his signature to the bills commended the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly (DTHA), Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori and members of the House for the quality of job done which, according to him, would facilitate socioeconomic development of the state.

The Delta State Investment Development Agency Law 2016, is timely because of the urgent need to further attract investors; both local and international, for the overall development of the three senatorial districts in line with the SMART AGENDA of the Okowa administration.

By SMART AGENDA, it is meant; Strategic Wealth Creation Projects and Provision of Jobs for All Deltans; Meaningful Peace Building Platforms Aimed At Politica/Social Stability; Agricultural Reforms And Accelerated Industralization; Relevant Health and Education Policies and; Transformed Environment Through Urban Renewal.

In the light of the above, the five laws which are now operational in the state were crafted along the vision of the present administration to deliver quality dividends of democracy and substantial prosperity to the good people of Delta State. The laws will be availabe in hard copies for legal practioners, law officers and members of the public.

The Speaker, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori told newsmen that the five laws will to a large extent improve and encourage investment and capital in-flow to the state, improve revenue generation in the hospitality and tourism industry, improve control of sexually transmitted diseases and drastically reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS; enhance academic standards in Colleges of Education across the state as well as strengthen rural development and the Agricultural sector which are some of the key priorities of the Okowa administration.

Commissioner for Information, Hon Patrick Ukah said Deltans are the major focus and priority of governance which is why the five laws are in place to further justify the sincerity and strong determination of Gov Okowa to put proper legal and socioeconomic structures in place to facilitate the ongoing good governance initiatives as entrenched in the SMART AGENDA blueprints for the state.

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