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It was dramatic at the Imo state House of Assembly yesterday, Thursday when the speaker, Rt. Hon. Acho Ihim deferred the house rule on quorum to commence proceedings on the passage of the 2019 budget with only 7 legislators present out of the 27 lawmakers.

It was dramatic at the Imo state House of Assembly yesterday, Thursday when the speaker, Rt. Hon. Acho Ihim deferred the house rule on quorum to commence proceedings on the passage of the 2019 budget with only 7 legislators present out of the 27 lawmakers.

Superintending over the plenary, the Speaker told members that they have relaxed the rule and seven of the 27 members can sit. But perplexed by the speaker's order, two out of the seven legislators present left the chambers, describing the order as embarrassing. They wondered the rationale behind the sitting with insignificant numbers to deliberate on such magnitude of matters especially on the passage of the budget as enlisted in the order paper.
The situation became more pathetic in Imo that instead of the speaker adjourning the sitting since two members out of the seven who were present left, the remaining five went into session and immediately passed the budget without considering the second reading and due deliberations.
But the most perplexing scenario in the chambers was that the actions and the lawmakers sat and passed the bills in the dark. They were able to read with the help of phone torchlight. When Nigeria Moment approached, the majority leader of the House, Hon. Lugard Osuji on the action, he said every necessary thing pertaining the bills have been done and no need of delaying the budget than to give it legislative actions. He posited that all the MDGs defended the budget before it was passed.
Similarly, the lawmakers have passed into law waiting for the governor's assent opportunities for Islamic colleges and universities to be established in the state. They also said that some of the advanced missionary schools, including the school of Nursing and Midwifery have not met their expected goals; hence the House chose to consolidate the schools. According to reports, the lawmakers have passed 14 bills into law, ready for Governor's ascent. The bills include a bill for a law to appropriate the sun of Two Hundred and Sixty billion, five hundred and fourteen million Eight hundred and Twenty four thousand, seven hundred and Eleven naira for 2019 budget excluding the consolidated Revenue fund charges of N16, 303,247,101 hence the total of N276, 818,071,812, and a bill to established faith based schools, tertiary Institutions in Imo state where Muslims can build university of grazing in Imo State.

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