The Bayelsa State House of Assembly has passed three bills after subjecting them to exhaustive deliberations both at the Committee levels, through public hearings and on the floor of the House.
They are the Medical University Bill, Corporate Social responsibility Bill and the New Yenagoa City Development Agency bill 2018.
The Speaker of the House, Mr. Konbowei Benson commended members for their painstaking efforts toward ensuring that the bills were well researched, debated and finally passed.
Also at plenary, the House passed a two-point resolution rejecting the proposed Federal bill for the Regulatory Framework for the Water Sector in Nigeria which seeks to vest the control of waters in states on the Federal Government.
The House also calls on Federal lawmakers representing the State to stand against the passage of the bill.
The resolution followed a motion moved by Member representing Southern Ijaw constituency I, Hon. Kate Owoko.
Moving the motion, Hon. Owoko noted that some clauses of the proposed bill will cause harm to the livelihood of coastal dwellers especially the people of Bayelsa State.
The Lawmaker described the bill as obnoxious and inimical to the survival of riverine communities which is coming amidst public outcry for the entrenchment of true federalism and restructuring across the country to give more powers to component states.
Member representing Ogbia constituency I, Hon Mitema Obordor described the contents of the proposed federal law as means to oppress South-south states stressing that if not rejected, it will negatively affect the livelihood of the people.
Hon. Bernard Kenebai representing Sagbama constituency II argued that the proposed federal bill is offensive and insulting, which is aimed at infringing on the corporate existence of coastal communities in other to further enslave them.
Other members were unanimous in condemning the bill describing it as anti-social designed to undermine the corporate existence of the South-south region just as have been done through the enactment of the Land Use Act and Petroleum Act which they say has taken away their natural right to the resources from them.