Anambra House Passes Ocha Brigade Bill Into Law

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A bill for a law to establish Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra 2016 and to provide for related matters has been passed by the State House of Assembly.
The bill sponsored by the Executive was passed by the legislature, during Plenary in Awka.
The bill provides that the principal objective of Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra (Ocha Brigade) is for improving the living standards of the citizenry by enforcing payment of taxes, environmental cleanliness, healthy living, general orderliness and discipline in the state.
The bill also stipulates that the agency shall facilitate the arrest, prosecution and payment of fine of any person that engages in Illegal Street trading or hawking in addition to erecting illegal structures on drainages, walk ways and water channels among others.

Making an input on the bill, the Chairman House Committee on Information and State Orientation, Mr. Kingsley Iruba, revealed that the Governing Council of the OCHA Brigade, shall be responsible for its policy formulation determine the requirements of the staff, subject to the provisions of the law, determine its modus operandi by setting standards, rules and guidelines for the management of the brigade.
Speaking with journalists at the end of the plenary, Honourable Victor  Okoye member representing Anamrbra west state constituency  said the house has been a washed with complains about some operations of the Ocha Brigade boys in the state, according to him led to the move by the state government to come up with the executive bill, which will regulate the activities of the brigade in discharge of their duties to the public.
The member however noted that the bill when assented to by the Governor will help the state government, to recover all its lost Internally Generated Revenue.    
The Deputy Speaker, Sir Hafford Oseke who presided over the plenary described the bill as a welcome development.


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