Lokoja - A bill seeking to proscribe secret cults in schools in Kogi on Monday scaled the second reading at the State House of Assembly.
The sponsor of the bill, Henry Ojuola (PDP-Yagba East), said the bill, when passed, would empower the governing councils of the institutions and secondary school authorities to stamp out cultism.
"The bill will also empower the authorities to proscribe unlawful societies and take disciplinary actions against students and other persons who contravene the provisions of the laws in schools,’’ he said.
Other lawmakers, who spoke in support of the bill, described it as timely in view of recent killings at Kogi State University, Anyigba, following a clash by cult groups.
Contributing to the debate, Friday Sani (PDP-Igalamela/Odolu), expressed shock that cult activities had extended to secondary schools in the state.
According to him, the bill will empower security agencies to check the ugly trend.
Gabriel Daudu (PDP-Ogori/Magongo), who noted that the state was not known for violence, stressed the need to protect the image of the state.
"With the law in place, students and staff will have a conducive and secure environment for teaching and learning.’’
The Speaker, Momoh-Jimoh Lawal, referred the bill to the Joint Committee on Peace/Security and Judiciary for further scrutiny.
He directed the committee to present its report within one week.
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