By Anastasia Agunwa/ Gloria Abugu/Chizoba Okeke

Awka, March 17, 2021 (MOI) Anambra State House of Assembly has directed the State Ministry of Lands to cease the trespass on parcels of land released to Okpuno and Amudo communities.

The House also directed the Ministry to immediately re-establish the boundaries of the lands in dispute within 14 days from the date of the resolution reached by the House.

This, according to the lawmakers will pave way for the two communities to peacefully establish possession and enjoy the said lands.

The resolution was sequel to a petition filed before it by Okpuno and Amudo communities against the State Ministry of Lands.

 This was entitled: “Massive fraud on the Government released parcels of land belonging to Okpuno and Amudo communities.

“The lands were erroneously acquired as Presidential Layout by Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife but corrected and returned to the owners by Dr Chinwoke Mbadinuju, both of who were former Governors of Anambra State: A pre-action notice thereon.”

The House had on receipt of the petition, subsequently referred it to the House Committee on Public Petition for consideration.

The lawmakers, during the plenary on March 16 adopted the recommendations of the Public Petition’s Committee as a working tool of the House.

Earlier, the lawmakers had at the “Committee of the Whole’’, considered the report of the House Committee on Public Petitions, where the Chairman of the Committee, Mr Emeka Aforka presented how the committee sat and deliberated and issued invitations.

“How they looked at the summary of the facts of the petition and other issues, and how they came up with some recommendations.’’

The Speaker of the House, Mr Uche Okafor who presided over the plenary relayed what transpired at the “Committee of the Whole’’. 

The members had thereafter unanimously adopted it through voice votes.

According to the Speaker, these recommendations are discussed and we have submissions from different colleagues; from the deputy speaker, Mr Pascal Agbodike to Mr Chuka Ezenwunne to Majority leader, Mr Nnamdi Okafor.

“Others are Chairman House Committee on Public Petitions and at the end, a motion was moved by Mr Chuka Ezenwunne that we adopted as a working tool of the House.

“That motion was seconded by the Majority leader, Mr Emeka Aforka and when put into question; the whole House carried and adopted it.

`’Is this a true reflection of what happened at the ‘Committee of the Whole’? If yes, those in support that these recommendations be carried and made a working tool of this House,’’ Mr Okafor concluded. (MOI)

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