Osun Assembly passes Social Protection Bill 2018, Amends Service Commission Bill


*Passes Health Insurance Bill*

State of Osun Assembly under the leadership of the Speaker, RT. Hon. Najeem Salam has passed the ‘State of Osun Social Protection Bill, 2018.

In a statement by the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Hon. Olatunbosun Oyintiloye on Tuesday, during a plenary presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Akintunde Adegboye.

The bill was passed after a motion moved by the House’s Deputy Leader, Hon. Bello Osuolale and seconded by Hon. Babatunde Komolafe (Atakumosa East/West).

Osun Social Protection Bill allows for the establishment of the State of Osun Social Protection Implementation Committee for the management and control of the state social protection programmes.

When signed into law, it’ll combat and reduce poverty, provide persons living with disabilities in the State with the means to cope with major life risks, ensure access to affordable health care, social protection and social assistance.

Also, it’ll ensure decent employment and sustainable livelihood, enhance human capital development and human dignity as well as promoting social cohesion, equity and inclusive economic growth in the State.

Among existing social protection programmes initiated by the Rauf Aregbesola led government in the state are; Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES), Osun Elementary School Feeding and Health Programme (O-Meal), Free services for children attending special schools, Elderly Welfare Scheme (Agba Osun) and Osun Rural Enterprise and Agriculture Programme (O-REAP), among others.

After the passage, the Speaker urged the Clerk at table to immediately transmit the bill to the Governor for assent, adding that all previously sent bills must be followed up to ascertain the governor’s stance for further steps.

Also, the House commence work on the ‘State of Osun Assembly Service Commission Establishment and Management (Amendment No. 2), Bill 2018’ after a motion by the Deputy Majority Leader, Hon. Bello Osuolale and seconded by Hon. Gbadebo Akanbi (Ede North).

The bill was also passed after sailing through the policy trust and second reading.

Meanwhile, Osun House of Assembly under the leadership of the Speaker, RT. Honourable Najeem Salam has passed the State of Osun Health Insurance Scheme Bill, 2018 into law.

In a statement signed by the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Hon. Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, it notes that the bill though an Act of the National Assembly, 2014 was domesticated in the state as one of the three piloting states in the country to test run the scheme.

The motion for the passage of the bill  was moved by Hon. Dejo Bello, (Boripe/Boluwaduro), and seconded by the Chairman, House Committee on Health, Hon.Oyeleke Ogunsola (Ayedire) after the adoption by the Assembly.

At the plenary, the House noted that there were several benefits  in the adoption of the scheme by the State, including access to grant of about 22million dollars, which Osun stands to benefit as one of the three pioneering States, and one percent (1%) of the Federal Allocation.

The Assembly stressed that the bill when signed into law by the Governor, would pave the way for indegenes and residents of the State to have access to quality and affordable health care services as well as protection against huge medical bills.

After the passage of the bill, the Speaker, Hon. Salam who commended his colleagues for their diligent in the passage of the bill pointed out that the scheme would provide several medical benefits for the people of the state.

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