Cross River House of Assembly has granted Gov. Ben Ayade’s request for the appointment of 70 more Special Advisers to assist in government functions.
The correspondence, addressed to the House, dated, Feb. 20, was signed by the Secretary to State Government, Mrs Tina Agbor, and read on the floor of the House by the Clerk, Mr Bassey Ekpenyong, on Wednesday in Calabar.
Odey said the approval was based on the Assembly’s earlier request to Ayade through writing, on the need to cover other constituencies not yet considered in the appointments.
Also at plenary, the bill for the creation of “Cross River State Consumer Protection Agency 2020” scaled through second reading.
The sponsor of the bill and member representing Etung State Constituency, Mr Chris Mbu-Ogar, said the bill intended to regulate, control as well as monitor the profits of the producers against the final consumer.
“Cross River people die daily as a result of what is consumed; this bill seeks to protect what we consume,” he said.
Members who contributed on the bill said it would check the attitude of some food vendors who exposed food publicly, sold along dirty gutters as well as turned Cross River into a market for substandard products.
The members further observed that the Consumer Protection law passed by the Federal Government was not doing enough in the state.
The Speaker of the House, Mr Eteng Jonah-Williams, committed the bill to the Committee on Health, with a mandate to report back to the House in two weeks. (NAN)