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Anambra Assembly passes Clear Drainage, Forest Preservation Agency Bill

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The Anambra House of Assembly has passed a bill for the establishment of Anambra State Clear Drainage and Forest Preservation Agency to protect the environment and mitigate negative effects of climate change.

The assembly passed the bill after third reading on the floor of the House on Thursday.

The lawmakers took turns to perfect some corrections in the 28-clause bill before it was finally passed by the House.

The Speaker, Mr Uche Okafor, conducted a voice vote on each of the sections of the bill before the passage.

Okafor said, “having considered the third reading of a bill to establish the Anambra State Clear Drainage and Forest Preservation Agency and to Provide for other related Matters 2020, the bill is hereby passed.’’

The speaker, therefore, directed Clerk of the House, Mr Pius Udo, to forward a clean copy of the bill to Gov. Willie Obiano for his assent.

According to the bill, the agency will develop and implement all year round, clearing of drainages across the state.

“The agency is expected to carry out public sensitisation and advocacy on indiscriminate dumping of refuse and the need for a cleaner environment.

“The agency is expected to also execute tree planting campaigns across the state to address the menace of deforestation and forest degradation.

“Whoever disrupts the agency from carrying out its legitimate functions, shall be liable upon conviction, to a fine of N100, 000 or six months imprisonment or both,’’ the bill stated.

Edited By: Zainab Garba/Olagoke Olatoye

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