21st January, 2020.
OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY SPEAKER
IMO STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY
RT.HON. OKEY ONYEKANMA RESIGNS AS DEPUTY SPEAKER IMO STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY.
The Deputy Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly and member representing Mbaitoli State Constituency, Rt. Hon. Okey Onyekanma has resigned his position. He has also resigned as the Chairman of the House Committee on Rules and Business. His resignation was formally conveyed to the Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly through a resignation letter dated 21st January, 2020. He hinged his resignation on the convention and zoning arrangement in the State which allows the Governor and the Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly to come from the same senatorial district.
Rt. Hon. Onyekanma thanked the Speaker and Honourable members of the House for giving him the opportunity to serve the House as the Deputy Speaker and Chairman of the Committee on Rules and Business
He pledged his loyalty for and cooperation with the leadership of the House. Barr. Okey Onyekanma assured that he will maintain the tempo of hard work which saw the House accomplishing a lot in so short a time while he functioned as the Deputy Speaker and Chairman of the House Committee on business and rules. He stated that he successfully guided the passage of a total of eleven (11) bills within seven months which is unprecedented in the history of the House, seventy-three
(73) motions. As the law maker representing Mbaitoli State Constituency, Rt. Hon. Onyekanma has in the last seven months, sponsored a total of eight bills, out of which three have been passed by the House. He also sponsored four motions.
The eight bills sponsored include:
✓ A Bill For A Law To Establish The Imo State Sports Commission And For Other Matters Connected Therewith;
✓ A Bill To Establish Imo State Power And Rural Electricity Agency And Matters Connected Therewith.
✓ A Bill For A Law To Establish Imo State Motor Parks Management
Agency and Other Matters Connected Therewith.
✓ A Bill For A Law To Establish The Imo State Anti-Corruption and Recovery Of Stolen Public Assets And Other Related Matters.
✓ A Bill For A Law To The Establishment Of Magistrates’ Courts Of Imo State Of Nigeria And For The Appointment Of Magistrates, Justice Of The Peace And Other Officers Of The Court And For Other Purposes Relating To The Administration Of Justice.
✓ A Bill for a law to amend the Imo State Civil Corps (Establishment) Law No. 4 of 2014.
✓ A Bill for a Law to Establish the Imo State Lotteries Board to regulate Imo State Lotteries, pools, betting, gamming, casino and for related matters.
✓ A Bill For a Law to impose Tax on goods and services consumed in Hotels, Restaurants and Events Centres within the territory of Imo State.
The motions sponsored by Rt. Hon. Onyekanma include:
❖ Motion To Rehabilitate The Ogwa And Mbieri General Hospitals In Mbaitoli L.G.A.;
❖ Motion To Curb Insecurity Menace In The Rural Areas;
❖ Motion urging the Governor to publish and gazette all the existing autonomous communities in Imo State and;
❖ Co-sponsored a motion to urge the Ministry of Environment to practically aggregate all erosion sites threatening lives and properties in villages of the State for the purpose of State Government
Rt. Hon. Okey Onyekanma’s resignation on principle comes as a breadth of fresh air giving the “sit-tight mentality” often exhibited by political office holders in Africa.
Rt. Hon. Okey Onyekanma is appreciative of the unflinching support he enjoys from his constituents and assures them of his continuous and effective representation.
Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Speaker