Thursday, 20 August 2015

Anambra State House of Assembly Petitioned ANSIEC Over Death of a Councillor

The Minority Leader, Anambra State House of Assembly and member representing Ekwusigo Constituency, [post_ad] Hon. Onyebuchi Offor has petitioned the State Government over inability of the Anambra State Independent National Electoral Commission (ANSIEC) to fill the vacant position created by the sudden death of Late Hon. Chinyere Okafor.

Late Okafor, who died since January, 2015 after a brief illness, was the Councillor representing Oraifite Ward 1 at the Ekwusigo Local Government Area, but Hon. Offor, while speaking in an interview lamented that ANSIEC turned deaf ear to the cry of his constituency to conduct bye election or its equivalent as stipulated in the electoral law with a view to fill-in the vacuum.

According to Hon. Offor, the vacuum created by the death of the Councillor is affecting the constituency badly, and could possibly create opportunity for unscrupulous elements to be collecting the emoluments among other needful due for the departed legislator and her constituency.

He therefore appealed to the state government through ANSIEC to as matter of urgency fill the vacant position as necessary, stressing that the burial of the departed councillor had been conducted, even as the details of her death had also been sent to the government, the state electoral body, and other relevant agencies.

When our correspondent tried to reach the Chairman of ANSIEC, Hon. Sylvester Okonkwo on phone for comment, his phone was switched-off as at the time of filing this report, however, our investigation shows that Ansiec has been dissolved by the state government even though the next Local Government Election ought to be held on November, 2015 as the tenure of the incumbent members will elapse on January, 2016.

Meanwhile, in a bid to empower the Anambra State Housing Corporation for effective service delivery, the Anambra State House of Assembly, on Thursday, passed into law, the bill for a law to establish and regulate the operation of Anambra State Housing Corporation and other related matters.

The bill, which is an executive one was read first in the floor of the Hallow Chamber by the House Majority Leader, Hon. Jideofor Okoye, and consequently passed through second reading and passage into law same day after the lawmakers resolved into a committee of a whole to amend some clauses in section 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 16 and 17.

Announcing its passage unto law, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Rita Maduagwu explained that the new law stands to repeal the 1991 Anambra State Housing Corporation law, and also enhance the operation of the corporation for development of the state.

Earlier, Hon. Jideofor Okoye, Hon Kingly Iruba, Hon. Chugbo Enwezor, among other contributors disclosed that the new law, which instantly come into existence will not only create jobs to Ndi Anambra, but shall also help the board members to oversee the stoppage of illegal erection of buildings, enhance its performances, designing, planning and managing of estates, provision of shelters at reduced cost, etc.



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