Legislative Reform Committee submits report to Enugu Assembly

By AdvocateNews on 08/05/2019

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The committee charged with the responsibility of harmonising  the standing order for Houses of Assembly in the five South East states, Tuesday, submitted its report on Legislative Governance Reform to the Enugu State House of Assembly.
 
Chairman of the Committee and Leader of Enugu State House of Assembly,  Ikechukwu Ezeugwu, who presented the report said that they were mandated to fashion a uniform House standing order at the meeting of Speakers held in Awka, Anambra State on January 26, 2018.
 
According to Ezeugwu, it was agreed at the meeting that the legislative institution required serious reform in order to function effectively, unite and develop the zone, "so as to provide better likelihood and robust Democracy dividend for the people."
 
Ezeugwu also said that it was equally agreed at the meeting that the Legislative Reform Committee should have its secretariat in Enugu.
 
He equally said that the committee which worked in collaboration with PERL-ECP, apart from working on uniform house standing order, was also charged with among others things to reform the House of Assembly Service Commission; Constituency engagement; self assessment as well as periodic peer review and exchange programmes.
 
The chairman noted that already the reform which will take effect from the 20th of June, 2019, has started achieving results in line with the set objective.
 
He discloses that Enugu State House of Assembly has already passed the House of Assembly Service Commission Bill which is now awaiting executive assent.
 
"The House of Assembly Service Commission has been passed in Anambra State.
 
In Imo and Ebonyi States, the House of Assembly Service Commission bills have been passed and assented to, while Abia State has reached advanced stage towards passing the bill into law," Ezeugwu disclosed. 
 
Ezeugwu further disclosed that for his committee to achieve their objective, they worked assiduously with the Forum of South East Clerks with support from PERL-ECP to harmonise the Houses of Assembly Standing Order which was vetted by speakers in Enugu in November 30, 2018.
 
"I am glad to report that Anambra and Abia  States adopted the Uniform Standing Order as a working document.  Ebonyi and Imo State Houses of Assembly will follow suit this month," he said.
 
Speaker of Enugu Assembly, Hon. Edward Ubosi, while commending the committee for painstaking job done, said they assigned the duty to house clerks in Asaba.
 
Ubosi, however, expressed regrets  that the Oyo Speaker who mooted the idea of uniform standing order died and could not live to see the fruition of the reforms.

Posted 08/05/2019 06:48:43 AM

 

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