Edo Assembly Outlaws Activities of Community Devt Associations Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City

Edo state House of Assembly has passed a bill for a law illegalizing the activities of various Community Development Associations (CDAs) in the state. This will prevent the CDAs from forceful and illegal occupation of landed property in the state.

The motion for passage of the bill was moved by Folly Ogedengbe (APC, Owan East state constituency) and was supported by Elizabeth Ativie (APC, Uhunmwode state constituency).

Explaining the reason for their action, the Speaker, Dr. Justine Okonobo said the bill seeks to prohibit forcefully and illegal occupation of landed property by Community Development Associations (CDAs), with a prescription that not no person or group of persons, acting for themselves or as agent or members of a community development can forcefully take over a portion land in the state.
According to him, “No youth organisation or any other body by whatever name called shall

Demand or collect any fee or levy in whatever guise in respect of construction or development activities on any property in Edo.
“The bill also prescribed that a taskforce be established in the state, which shall be responsible for the the provisions of the said law.”

He said: “Any person who contravened the provisions of the law commits an offence and shall be liable to 10 years imprisonment of a fine of N2 million.

After due consideration of the bill ,Okonobo directed that clean copies of the bill be sent to Governor Godwin Obaseki for his accent for legal backing.

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