The Imo State House of Assembly, on March 13th 2012 at its plenary dissolved all the standing committees. Announcing this in the House, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Chief Benjamin Uwajumogu stated that the various committees would however continue on acting basis for the purpose of the on-going defense and scrutiny of the 2012 budget.
Hear the Speaker,
“However, the dissolved Committees will continue to function in acting capacities to enable them handle the budget defense and progress in the House and also to handle other important matters concerning the committees until they are re-constituted.
Earlier, the House passed a motion urging the Imo State Chief judge, Hon. Justice B. A. Njemanze to workout modalities to create more judicial Divisions of the State High Court. The Chief Sponsor who led the debate on the motion, Barr. Greg Okemili (representing Oru-East) lamented that the administration of Justice has suffered a lot of set-backs as evidenced by the heaps of un-attended and un-imaginable case files before the state High Court judges.
According to Hon. Okemili, this set back arose from population explosion, insufficient number of lawyers, and increase in crime activities in the society and others, which hinder the accelerated dispensation of Justice by the few judicial divisions of the state High Court. This he argued has caused a lot of pressure on the few existing divisions of the High Court thereby leading to delay in the administration of Justice and congestion of prison cells. Supporting the motion, Prince Robertson
Ekwebelem (Onuimo Constituency) stated that the Chief judge and His Excellency the Governor be urged to create more judicial divisions in order to decongest the prison cells while Hon. Barrister Mike Ndubuaku (Orlu Constituency) suggested that each judicial division should have more than one court so as to quicken the dispensation of justice.
When the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Uwajumogu put the prayer of the motion to vote, it way unanimously passed.
In a related development, the Timber and Allied Traders Association Naze-near Owerri has passed a vote of implicit confidence on the Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Uwajumogu.
This was one of the outcomes of the extra ordinary general meeting held last week by the traders as were contained in a communiqué. The President of the Association, Chief Goddy Okorocha and the traders expressed happiness in the mature manner the state legislature handles bills, motions and over sight functions.They commended the good relationship existing between the executive and the legislative arm and urged the Speaker to continue to maintain it because such a relationship had made it possible for the governor to be performing at a high Speed level in terms of visible infrastructural development.
Citizen Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha
Special Adviser on Media
To the Rt. Hon. Speaker IMHA