The Imo State House of Assembly has amended the state’s Market Development Authority Law 33 of 2019 to stop the 3% of the state and local government allocations being given the agency for its operations.
The bill for amendment was sponsored by Majority Leader of the House and member for Owerri West State Constituency, Kanayo Onyemaechi.
The House scrapped Section 18b of the Law at plenary held Thursday, July 15.
Presenting the bill, Onyemaechi, who relaxed all necessary House rules to make for speedy attention, explained that the Imo Market Development Authority was already receiving 10% of the market revenue monthly.
He maintained that the 10 percent of market revenue given to the authority on monthly basis was enough for its operations, hence requires no further allocation.
He described the additional 3 percent which came into effect during the administration of Emeka Ihedioha in 2019 was unacceptable.
The Majority Leader therefore urged his colleagues to support the repeal of Section 18b of the law to stop the double allocation to the authority.
The members for Nkwerre, Obinna Okwara, Isu, Ngozi Obiefule and Oguta, Frank Ugboma threw their weight behind the repeal of the section of the law.
They lauded the bill as simple and timely.
When the speaker, Paul Emeziem put it to vote, the ayes had it.
It could be recall that the Imo Assembly has adduced immaturity, absenteeism, lack of understanding of legislative business and plot to impeach the speaker as the ‘un-parliamentary conducts’ which earned six of its members indefinite suspension.
The House, in a statement endorsed by its Chairman on Information, Johnson Duru, accused some of the suspended members of embarking on frequent travels without permission thereby absenting themselves from sittings.
Duru stated that one of them is so obsessed with becoming the speaker of the House to the extent that he attends anti-speaker’s meetings where he consistently blackmails the speaker with lies.
The House disclosed that it had to kick out its Chief Whip, Arthur Egwim for his inactivity and loss of touch with his duties.