A bill seeking an amendment to the monthly payment of pension for Governor and Deputy Governor in Kwara last week passed second reading at the Kwara State House of Assembly. The bill, which is being sponsored by the Chairman House Committee on Finance and appropriation, Mashood Bakare enjoyed the support of all members who contributed during a debate on it. Motion for the second reading of the bill was moved by the mover of the bill and was seconded by Matthew Babaoye. After a debate on the bill the speaker, Dr Ali Ahmad committed the bill to the committee on Establishment and directed it to convey a public hearing on the bill Also during Tuesday’s plenary, the Deputy Speaker of the house, Mathew Okedare brought a petition from Ejidongari ward in Moro Community requesting the house to wade in to the issue of acquiring Land from the ward by the state government without payment of compensation. He alleged that the state Bureau of Lands which is in charge of payment of compensation of any Land acquired is yet to pay to any community in Ejidongari for Lands acquired over a decade. After laying the petition, the Speaker referred the petition to the house committee on Lands and Housing for further Legislative action. Meanwhile the Kwara House of Assembly on Thursday charged the state ministries of Health, Information and Women Affairs to carry out public enlightenment campaign against female genital mutilation across the state. The house gave the charge in its resolution after consideration a motion on Discouraging the practice of Female genital mutilation in the state. The motion which enjoyed the support of all members was sponsored by Hajia Abdulkadir Segilola (llorin Central), Ahmed Ibn Muhammed (Kaiama-Kemanji-Wajibe)and Victoria Bunmi Afolayan (Oke-Ero) Leading a debate on the motion, the prime sponsor, Hajia Segilola Abdulkadir said the act is carried out mostly by unlettered native Doctors with the use of unsterilized instruments According to the Lawmaker, the circumcision normally cause severe pains which often pose serious future health challenges. She added d that the overriding negative consequences of the practice on the victims normally lead to loss of blood She noted that with the current trend of outbreak of many diseases both curable and incurable in the third World countries, such practices could easily expose the girl to complicated health challenges through infection. Ahmed Ibn Muhammed in his contribution noted that despite the technological advancement in science and medicine, the crude method of circumcising the girl child in the remote and immediate societies still persist The Legislator called for an urgent concern and intervention from appropriate government quarters.