Wednesday, 10 June 2015

5th Assembly of Anambra State House of Assembly Bows-out with 50 bills, 120 resolutions in 4 years 
The just winded-up 5th Assembly of Anambra State House of Assembly has said it was able to pass 50 bills into law, and 120 motions into resolutions within her four years tenure.

Speaking at a valedictory session, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Princess Chinwe Nwaebili, however, added that a total of 43 had been assented to by the State Executive Government while others, mostly the newly passed presently undergo Governor Obiano’s table for assent.

Rt. Hon. Nwaebili, who disclosed that 73 bills were introduced at the floor of the House, announced that Hon. Tony Oneweek Mounagor of Idemili-North and Hon. Tokas Ohazulike of Ihiala 1 constituencies sponsored the highest number of motions and most punctual on the attendance list respectively.

According to the Speaker, the bills passed into law included the Anambra State Public Procurement Bill, Anambra State Group Vigilante Bill, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Bill, College of Nursing Sciences, Nkpor, Bill, and Investment Promotion and Protection Agency Bill.

Others were the Anambra State Oil and Gas Development Agency Bill, Building and Civil Engineering Material Quality Bill, Anambra State Customary Court of Appeal Repeal and Reenactment Bill, and Anambra State Water Supply and Sanitation Bill, 2015, among others.

In-line with her role as enshrined in section 128 of the 1999 constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria as amended, Rt. Hon. Nwaebili equally disclosed that various committees of the House carried out oversight function regularly with their opposite numbers in the Executive with a view to enacting new laws, correcting defects in the existing ones and exposing corruption, inefficiency or waste in government.

She noted that the House leadership through the co-operation of the Executive organised a number of overseas raining programmes for Members at some countries with admirable democratic credentials, partook actively on the regional and international conferences, even as staffers of the hallow chamber undergone requisite training and retraining in some of the best legislative training institutions in the country.
Her words: “The 5th Assembly enjoyed healthy, robust but mutually respecting relationship with the Executive arm of government. We were never antagonistic to the Executive. We handled legislative proposals from the Executive and other requests for our consideration with patriotic fervor and understanding, while those against the constitution or welfare of Ndi Anambra were turned down.”

Other achievements recorded by the outgoing lawmakers, according to Nwaebili was getting the Executive into awarding contract for the construction and furnishing of a new House of Assembly Complex which contains offices for all the Honuorable members, committee rooms, library and sundry other specialized offices, now under 70% completion.

While commending the State former Governor, Chief Peter Obi for successful take-off, she enjoined the incoming lawmakers to maintain good relationship with Governor Willie Obiano  as he had good intention to move the state forward.  



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