Benue assembly to enact anti-vandalism law

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The Speaker of the Benue House of Assembly, Mr Terhile Ayua, has pledged its resolve to make laws that will guard public facilities and prevent them from vandalism.

Ayua made the pledge in Makurdi on Tuesday when the Senior Special Adviser to the Benue Governor on Public Utilities, Mr Gaddafi  Asemanya, paid him a visit.

Screen-shot-2012-12-02-at-4.28.33-AMHe decried the alarming rate at which people vandalised public utilities, stressing that there was the need to enact a law to curb the trend.

The speaker further said the law would, among other things, spell out punitive measures to be meted out to vandals to serve as deterrent to others.

He commended Asemanya and security agencies in the state for ensuring that the public facilities were protected.

He further charged them not to relent in their efforts, adding that the fight against vandalism must continue until the battle was won.

Earlier, Asemanya said he was in the assembly complex to solicit for cooperation and synergy with his office to stem the tide of vandalism.

He further stated that there was a need for the assembly to enact a law to check the activities of vandals.

He expressed the hope that with the law, all acts of vandalism would be nipped in the bud.

The aide also stressed that the law was necessary because it would facilitate the protection of public facilities which were put in place with the tax payers’ money.

“It will also facilitate the prosecution of drivers who knock down electricity poles and vandals of PHCN transformers, oil and water pipelines,” he said.

He further stated that the law would go a long way in boosting the revenue profile of the state because vandals would be fined. (NAN)