The Delta State Arbitration Bill has passed second reading at the state House of Assembly.
The bill, sponsored by the State Executive, seeks to repeal an obsolete law which had existed since 1918, bringing it in line with present day realities.
Leading the debate during plenary yesterday in Asaba, the Majority Leader of Assembly, Mr Ferguson Onwo, said the bill when passed, would help to restate and improve the law relating to arbitration pursuant in the state.
The majority leader explained arbitration as an alternative process of settling disputes, adding that the bill was cost effective, saved time and encouraged goodwill.
In her contributions, Mrs Pat Ajudua, Chief Whip, said the bill would enable aggrieved parties to seek the help of arbitrators who they were comfortable with, to settle their disputes in a manner that would better suit them.
Also, Mr Reuben Izeze, representing Ughelli South Constituency, said passage of the bill would give opportunity for public, privacy when needed as well as allow for fair hearing for both parties.
On his part, Mr Anthony Elekeokwuri, representing Ika North East Constituency, said the bill would also help to promote consistency in line with global practices and foster unity in the state.
Consequently, Speaker of the Assembly, Chief Sheriff Oborevwori referred the bill to the Joint Committee on Rule, Legal and Judicial Services for further legislative scrutiny after passing second reading.
The committee is expected to report back to the Assmbly on July 26.