Law As An Instrument Of Social Change: The Cross River State Experience BY JOHN GAUL LEBO

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John Gaul Lebo, Speaker, Cross River State House of Assembly
John Gaul Lebo, Speaker, Cross River State House of Assembly

Quite interesting to see and read reactions from members of the public regarding 2 of the 9 Bills passed into Law by the 8th Assembly of the Cross River State House of Assembly.

The 2 Laws are: The Cross River State Kidnapping (Prohibition) Law and Cross River State Waterfront Infrastructure Management and Development Law.

While the Kidnapping Law is virtually a regulatory framework Law to complement the provision for penal sanctions in the existing Laws, the Waterfront is an ambitious Law introducing a new Legal Regime for the Management and Development of Infrastructures at the waterfront.

Indeed, this is the first time the State Legislature is venturing into this sector, even though all other States in the Zone have already enacted same including Lagos.

The Law is both a vehicle and an instrument of Social Change especially when it seeks coherency in the coordinate organizations of business and economic activity.

The Law in this sense must be seen as a Conveyor Belt of translating ideas into results.

Ultimately, the Law must inspire change of situation and circumstance of citizens for better or for worst, but ultimately geared towards the common social good.

When citizens react to that change, then a conversation is necessary to reassure and reaffirm the commitment of Government to the citizen.

The Cross River State House of Assembly will continue to open its’ doors to the citizens for proactive engagement.

Hon. John Gaul Lebo is the Speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly.

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