A Bill for a law to effect the protection of lives in public places, called Delta State Public Occupational Safety bill, 2017 has scaled through second reading in the State House of Assembly.
The second reading which was moved in a motion by the Majority Leader, Hon Tim Owhefere and seconded by Hon Peter Uviejitobor was adopted.
Hon Owhefere while opening debate on the bill said one of the cardinal objectives of government was the safety of lives and property, adding that criminal activities had assumed a dangerous dimension which needed proactive measures to tackle.
He said the bill sought to enhance the security of lives and property in public places, which he listed to include shopping malls, cinemas, markets, filling stations among others, with the aid of surveillance cameras that will record activities for security purpose.
The Majority leader stressed that the proposed law will make it compulsory for all public places to have surveillance cameras, adding that, while it was an offence to tamper with such CCTV cameras without the consent of the owner, it will also constitute an offence to delete footage record.
He said that such recorded footage could be passed to security agencies for criminal investigation once it has been demanded by a court, adding that the bill will enhance crime prevention and investigation.
Owhefere noted that the bill specifically stated that it will an offense for such surveillance cameras to be removed or destroyed without the knowledge of the authority, while any refusal to install such cameras in premises where they are supposed to be will amount to a breach of the law and would equally be an offense for individuals to record with their surveillance cameras the activities going on in the premises and houses of their neighbours.
Hon Dennis Omovie; Rt Hon Peter Onwusanya; Emeka Elekeokwuri; Samuel Mariere; Daniel Yingi and Reuben Izeze while speaking in support of the bill, lauded Gov Okowa for his wisdom in presenting the proposed law, which will assist security agencies in the fight and prevention of criminal activities.
They said that criminal activities had advanced in the world hence the need also to adopt scientific methods in the fight against crime in the society, noting that the bill was in furtherance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended.
Invariably, the bill was unanimously adopted when put to a voice vote by the Speaker, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori, who set up an ad-hoc committee to look into the bill and report back to the House on the 5th of Sept 2017.
The committee is headed by Hon Dennis Omovie with Hon Emeka Elekeokwuri; Efe Ofobruku; Emeka Nwaobi and Princess Shola Daibo as members.