Kaduna State Governor, Uba Sani, has signed new bills into law on Monday, August 7.
The development was confirmed in a statement made available to journalists by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Muhammad Shehu Molash.
Molash, who said the objective of the legislation is to create an enabling environment to streamline government and private sector initiatives to create more jobs, opportunities, improve production and advance innovation and trade in the state, mentioned that one of the bills signed into law is the Provisions for the Development of Tech-Enabled Start-Ups and Other Related Matters law, 2023.
According to the statement, the State Council for Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship has also been established and will be chaired by the Deputy Governor Dr Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe, with the Commissioners for Business and Innovation, Finance, Planning and Budget and other relevant departments of government.
It read, “Law to Repeal the Kaduna Investment Promotion Agency Law, No. 17 of 2015 and to Enact the Kaduna Investment Promotion Agency Law, 2023 and for Other Matters Connected Therewith.
“The purpose of the law is essentially to reposition the State’s investment drive through the provision of a regulatory framework for investment promotion and to most importantly allow for investments through public-private partnerships with the introduction of a new Part V, Sections 23 – 32 which was not provided in the old law.”
Other bills signed into law include: Law to Amend the Provisions Relating to Fines and Penalties in Laws of Kaduna State 2023.
The purpose of the law is to amend fines and penalties in the various laws of Kaduna State to bring them in conformity with the reforms and present reality.
He added: “A Law to Make Provisions for Public Health in the State and for Other Related Purposes 2023.
“The purpose of the law is to improve the public safety of the people of Kaduna State from health threats, prevent diseases and strive for a healthy population. The law has increased certain standards in the area of food and safety, occupation health and safety, with reviewed sanctions for contravention.
“A Law to Provide for a Social Security Scheme in the State and for Connected Matters 2023.
“The purpose of the law is to institutionalize the social investment programmes by providing a social safety net that will help to reduce poverty, assist indigent individuals and ensure all residents of the state have access to effective, quality and affordable healthcare.
“The Law established an Administration responsible for contributory pension, contributory health and social investments in the State, with a Governing Board which comprises the Executive Chairman, and five other executive secretaries who shall be responsible for the following: (1) Contributory Pensions (2) Contributory Health (3) Social Assistance (4) Legal Service and Secretariat.”