The Bayelsa State House of Assembly on Thursday, July 15, recalled its clerk, Mr. Edward Kozigena Owudogu after seven months of suspension for official misconduct.
He was also pardoned and reinstated to his position with a stern warning not to repeat his previous mistakes.
Owudogu was suspended on November 25, 2020, for unilaterally carrying out some assignments without due consultation with the leadership of the House.
The House Ad-hoc committee on the investigation of the clerk, which was chaired by the Deputy Leader, Hon. Bernard Kenebai submitted its report which was unanimously adopted.
Briefing journalists shortly after Thursday’s plenary, the Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Hon. Tare Porri said the clerk, in the course of the hearing, was remorseful and formally apologized.
He explained that being a first time offender, the House decided to tamper justice with mercy and recalled him.
Hon. Porri stressed that the office of the Honourable Speaker must be respected by all, irrespective of age and expressed optimism that the magnanimity of the House will not be taken for granted.
He said, the leadership of the House, expects that its decision on the Clerk will further engender harmonious working relationship, between the leadership and staff of the Assembly.
In another development, the Legislative Funds Management (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill was read on the floor of the House and considered by the lawmakers.