Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Anambra state House of assembly threatens by erosion, filthy

House of Assembly members
By Okechukwu Onuegbu

The Anambra State House of Assembly has lamented over the deplorable condition of the assembly complex in Awka, describing it as a glorified motorpark and erosion-infested complex.
This came at the heels of a motion of urgent public importance raised by Hon. Kingsley Iruba, member representing Nnewi South 1, who at a recent plenary, drew attention of the hallow chamber to filthy surroundings of their environment.

Iruba, while presenting the motion, also disclosed that the house premises was full weeds, unkempt and threatened by erosion menace, adding that it was not befitting for it as an arm of government.

According to him, surroundings of some local government offices and other government offices and parastatals were far better than the legislative complex, thus, a disservice to the lawmakers, who having been prevailing on government to address environmental issues in other places .

“This place should be landscaped with interlocked or tarred. I remember that renovation and refurbishment of the premise was captured in Anambra 2017 budget. I wondered why nothing is yet to be done here since the appropriation was passed and signed into law by governor” he added.
Seconding the motion, Hon. Obinna Emenaka of Anambra West State Constituency, hinted that it was the filthy nature of the Assembly complex that led them into taken an inventory of the needful and including it in the 2017 appropriation.

Others observed that the present state of the assembly complex could best be described as a glorified motorpark, even as they lamented that the gully erosion gathering momentum behind the legislative building could takeover the place if not tackled head on.

As a result, the Speaker, Rt. Hon Rita Maduagwu, on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 set up a four-man committee comprising chairmen of committees on environment, finance and appropriation, works and house services to embark on a feasibility study of the level of erosion devastation in the complex as well as make recommendations to address environmental issues in the hallowed chamber.

Chairman of the committee, Hon. Lawrence Ezeudu, while presenting their findings on August 24, 2017, submitted that the Assembly complex needs adequate drive and walk ways, spacious parking lots for lawmakers, their staff and visitors, installation of Circuit Camera Television (CCTV) for enhancement of security in the premise.

He also said that they need rehabilitation of the empty lands behind their buildings for use as recreation parks and relaxation centres, planting of flowers and ornamental trees to arrest the threat of erosion and to beautify the place, and so on. The bill was adopted as a working document of the house. 



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