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House moves to amend autonomous community law

The Imo State House of Assembly has begun moves to introduce more stringent conditions for the granting of autonomy to communities requesting such in the state.

The move followed a bill before the assembly, from the Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Ugonna Ozuruigbo, representing Nwangele, seeking to amend the existing Law No 6 of 2006.

Hon. Ozuruigbo who said that he was not against the creation of autonomous communities, noted that if the indiscriminate and unnecessary granting of autonomy to communities is not cheeked, the traditional institution would soon be a thing of ridicule.

An amendment to the previous law known as Imo State Law No. 3 of 1999 in 2006 had sparked off the creation of numerous autonomous communities and traditional stools.

The Law of 1999, under section 25(1) had provided that for a community to qualify for autonomy, it must have a minimum population of 5000 of notable adults and women, school(s) recognized by government and or a common worship centre or market.

However, the amended laws no 6 of 2006 provided that communities seeking autonomy could hearing a common tradition, common identity and be homogenous.

The House adjourned hearing on the new bill till August 25.

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