Member of the House of Parliament, Hon. Agibola Manley-Spaine, who doubles as Chairman of the Legislative Committee, yesterday called for the Trademark Bill 2014 to be reverted to the Legislative Committee due to a number of “inconsistencies” noticed in its drafting.
The Bill was presented to Parliament yesterday for debate following presentation by the Deputy Minister of Justice, Arrow John Bockarie.
However, just when the bill had reached its second stage during yesterday’s proceedings, than former Deputy Speaker moved a motion, seconded by the current Deputy Speaker, Hon. Chernor Maju Bah, that the inconsistencies contained in the Bill should first be addressed at the legislative level.
The motion received the blessings of both sides of the political divide in the house as they concerted acknowledged “the danger it poses” should the Bill be debated on and passed in law without making the necessary amendments, especially when the previous Act has existed since colonial times.
Deputy Minority Leader, Hon. Ansumana Jaiah Kaikai in concordance noted that the motion to recommit the Bill to the Legislative committee “was not only prudent” but, “a step to ensuring that the country has an Act that works in conformity with modern trademark laws, especially one that will serve the interest of the people,” he sated.
Therefore, a Pre-Legislative Session has been slated for today to address the inconsistencies observed in the Bill.
By Poindexter Sama
Wednesday July 16, 2014