Community Development Association Bill Scales Second Reading In Ogun Assembly

The proposed Community Development Association (CDA) Law, 2020, had scaled second reading, with the hope that when passed by the Ogun State House of Assembly and eventually signed into law by Governor Dapo Abiodun, would institutionalize the activities of CDAs and develop a uniformed constitution for its operation, with clearly defined roles for relevant government agencies in the administration of the associations.

Opening debate on the bill titled: “H.B. No. 044/ OG/2020- A Bill for a law to provide for the registration of Community Development Associations and for the Matters incidental thereto and connected therewith”; the Minority Leader, Hon. Ganiyu Oyedeji, at the Assembly Complex, Abeokuta, underscored the need to have a legislative framework backing the operations of CDAs, to promote efficiency and accountability in its operations.

Contributing to the debate on the bill at the plenary, Honourables Yusuf Amosun, Soneye Damilola and Balogun Akeem, said the bill would help in harnessing more resources by the CDAs, especially from corporate bodies for the amenities within communities, while spelling out the powers of the Ministry of Community Development and Cooperative and that of the Department of Community Development in each of the Local Government Councils in the State.

In his response, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Olakunle Oluomo, noted that it remained the sole responsibility of the Department of Community Development in the Local Government Councils, to make appropriate recommendations to the State Government on issues of aids and grants to CDAs, adding that the proposed law would repeal the existing CDA law.

He thereafter, committed the bill to the Committee on Community Development and Cooperatives for further legislative actions.