By Anastacia Agunwa/Chizoba Okeke
Awka, July 16, 2021(MOI) A bill for a law to provide for the establishment of the Anambra State House of Assembly Service Commission and for connected purposes has passed through a second reading on the floor of the House.
The Deputy Speaker, Mr Paschal Agbodike, who presided over the plenary on July 15, had put up for the adoption of its second reading while the lawmakers unanimously adopted it through voice votes.
Mr. Agbodike referred the bill to the Committee on House Services headed by Mr Uzoma Eli for necessary action and was given a week to submit its report to the House on the next adjourned date.
Speaking on the merits of the bill, Mr Nnamdi Okafor, the majority leader, who moved for the bill to be read a second time said that this was meant to facilitate the financial autonomy of the state legislature.
Mr Timothy Ifedioranma representing Njikoka 1 Constituency seconded that the bill be moved to the House Committee for necessary re-engineering.
Okafor noted that the Parliamentary Staff Members Association of Nigeria (PASAN) of the State Houses of Assembly had embarked on a three-month’s strike to press home their demand for full financial autonomy of the state legislature.
He explained that if this bill was passed into law, it would give way to financial autonomy practices in State Houses of Assembly, in which the lawmakers would also be part.
Similarly, a bill for a law to provide for the management of Funds of the Anambra State House of Assembly and for related matters has passed through its second reading on the floor of the state legislature.
Mr Nnamdi Okafor, the majority leader moved for the bill to be read a second time while Mr Emma Nwafor seconded it.
Mr Paschal Agbodike, Deputy Speaker who presided over the plenary had put up a voice vote, while the lawmakers unanimously adopted it.
Mr Agbodike, who represents Ihiala 2 State Constituency, referred the bill to the Committee on House Services, urging it to do the needful and report back to the House on the next adjourned date.
Mr Okafor, who represents Awka South 1 Constituency, said that if the bill was passed into law, it would make the legislature to become autonomous in the management of the funds accruing to the House. Okafor urged the lawmakers to give full support to the bill to enable it move to the next stage. (MOI)