After 15 months, Edo Lawmakers move from govt house to Assembly complex

After 15 months, Edo Lawmakers move from govt house to Assembly complex

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Members of Edo State house of Assembly on Monday, relocated their sitting venue from the old Legislative Chamber in Government House to the newly renovated Assembly complex in Benin City.

Recall that in August 2020, after 10 All Progressives Congress, APC members-elect who were absent when the 7th Assembly was inaugurated on June 17, 2020, attempted to invade the legislative Chamber, which led to the removal of roof from the legislative Chamber.

But, the budget presentation of the 2022 appropriation Bill by the State governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has been postponed.

Hon. Marcus Onobun, the speaker of the Assembly on Monday, announced the postponement to December 1, 2021, during the first plenary at the Anthony Enahoro Complex. He said the move is to pave the way ‘for proper arrangement’.

The legislative arm had been in the throes of violence since the 7th Assembly was inaugurated on June 17, 2020. But in December 2019, the leadership of the State House of Assembly, declared seats of the lawmakers vacant by the House led by former speaker of the Assembly, Mr. Frank Okiye for being absent from the House proceedings for the mandatory 181 days.

The members-elect who were elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019 are Vincent Uwadiae, Ovia North-East II; Ugiagbe Dumez, Ovia North-East I; Washington Osifo, Uhunmwode; Victor Edoror, Esan Central; Kingsley Ugabi, Etsako East and Michael Ohio-Ezomo, Owan West, all who were unavailable when the 7th Assembly was proclaimed on June 17, 2019 by the Governor, have being at add over a range of issues including the proclamation letter which speculated to have been dogged in controversy.

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Also affected are Sunday Aghedo, Ovia South-West; Chris Okaeben, Oredo West; Crosby Eribo, Egor; Aliyu Oshiomhole, Etsako West II; Oshomah Ahmed, Etsako Central and Ganiyu Audu, Etsako West I alongside two Lawmakers, Mr. Uyi Ekhosuehi and Mr. Eric Okaka representing Oredo East and Owan East Constituency for failing to meet the mandatory 180 sitting days as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria (as amended).

*Editor’s Note: The featured file photograph of renovation work at the Assembly complex, is use for illustration.

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