The Delta House of Assembly has passed the state forfeiture of property bill, which seeks to outlaw illegal dealings in crude oil and provides for the forfeiture of property used for storage of suspected stolen crude in the state.
This followed the third reading of the bill during plenary in Asaba on Friday.
Majority Leader, Ferguson Onwo moved for the suspension of Order 12, of House rules 82 and 83 to enable the House pass the bill which was unanimously adopted by the lawmakers.
Meanwhile, the house also passed the state maternal and perinatal death Ssrveillance and response bill which sought to provide for effective surveillance and response of maternal and parental deaths and related matters in the state.
The speaker commended the lawmakers for their cooperation and speedy passage of the bills, adding that the State forfeiture of property Bill when signed into law would help check oil bunkering and ensure that those who use or provide their property for illegal bunkery were held liable.
On the Delta State Maternal and Perinatal Deaths Surveillance and Response Bill, he said that the law would among other things help to fish out quacks in the health sector.
On his part, the Chairman House Committee on Health, Mr Augustine Uroye said that State Maternal and Perinatal Deaths Surveillance and Response Bill when signed into law, would help to protect the lives and property of the people of the state..
Uroye said that the law would enable the state to have comprehensive knowledge of rates and causes of deaths of pregnant women, nursing mothers and child during delivery in the state an seek permanent check on such related deaths.
He commended Gov. Ifeanyi OKowa for forwarding the executive bill to the House and also thanked his colleagues for the quick passage.