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Imo House takes stock one year after By Ebere Osuka

The Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Hon Ben Uwajumogu disclosed last weekend that the House passed 20 bills out of the 33 bills it considered.

In a stock-taking at the celebration of  one year of inauguration of the Fifth House and Third Assembly at the Assembly Complex, the Speaker said that the House adjourned sine die one bill, stepped down three bills, merged one bill while eight bills were pending.

According to the speaker, 57 motions out of 73 motions were passed, four motions were adjourned since die, 7 motions still pending, two motions werewithdrawn, stressing that  if absolute separation of power had prevailed in the state, the achievements recorded within one year would not have been possible.

Hon Uwajumogu maintained that there is a perfect working relationship between the Imo State House of Assembly and the Executive arm of government.

The speaker also disclosed that the legislature had not only sacrificed some of their statutory rights and privileges to ensure smooth take off of the present administration but personally financed the furnishing of their respective offices because of the lean resources and many challenges of the state government.

He expressed annoyance that the previous leadership of the House left the House dilapidated and expressed joy that the Assembly building is currently undergoing renovation.

According to him, the House approved N5billion for Governor Rochas Okorocha to declare emergency on road rehabilitation, education, health, housing, security and other critical areas seeking attention simultaneously in the three senatorial zones of the state.

The speaker stated that he has creditably piloted the affairs of the House standing committees who carried out oversight functions by ensuring various projects monitoring and implementation in the state, and the 2011 and 2012 annual budgets of 27 local governments as well as law-making and appropriation.

Hon. Uwajumogu expressed optimism that as the legislators begin the second stage of their four-year legislative journey, the Almighty God would guide and lead them to take the state to the next level, as a minute silence was observed in memory of the plane crash victims.

In his remarks, the State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, expressed delight over the quality of the legislature which has given support to the Imo Rescue Mission.

Governor Okorocha commended the House for the swift passage of a four-year rolling capital budget which has enabled the state government to proceed on its development projects across the state.

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