Tenancy bill scales 2nd reading in Ogun Assembly



A bill for a law to regulate rights and obligations under tenancy agreement between landlords and tenants in Ogun, on Thursday, scaled second reading at the State House of Assembly.

This followed a motion by Mr Adeyinka Made (APC-Sagamu1), the Majority Leader and seconded by Mr Ojo Viwanu(APC–Ipokia), during plenary in Abeokuta.

Opening debate on the bill, Made noted that tenancy agreements needed to be properly regulated, saying that the law would help to maintain and secure landlords’ /tenants’ agreements.

The majority leader added that the bill when passed into law would foster peaceful coexistence between landlords and tenants and would also bring harmony to residents of the state.

“It will reduce situations whereby tenants are being thrown out without proper process. It is a welcome development for residents especially tenants and landlords,” he said.

Contributing, Mr Victor Fasanya (APC–Abeokuta South1), stated that the bill was timely, adding that the rights and obligations between tenants and landlords were thoroughly spelt out in the bill.

Fasanya explained that the bill spelt out procedures for recovering premises, adding that use of force or violence is not good in the society.

In his submission, Mr Olayiwola Ojodu (APC-Abeokuta North 1), also stated that it was important to regulate the activities of both tenants and landlords in the state, saying that they should know their responsibilities and rights.

Mr Olakunle Oluomo, the Deputy Speaker, (APC–Ifo1), explained that proper regulations would checkmate agents who were fond of taking money from prospective tenants.
Oluomo noted that the bill when passed into law, would help raise the value of property in the state.

Mr Suraj Adekunbi (APC–Yewa North1), the Speaker, however, ordered that the bill be committed to committee on Lands and Housing for necessary action.

By Abiodun Lawal