The Enugu State House of Assembly on Tuesday at plenary adopted the legislative term agenda for the 7th assembly as a working document.
Presenting the report, Chief Paul Nnajiofor representing Nkanu East constituency, said the 7th assembly conducted organizational capacity assessment of the house internal, external and oversight environments and made recommendations for improvements.
Nnajiofor said that the adhoc committee constituted by the Speaker, Chief Edward Ubosi through series of meetings, consultations translated these recommendations strategic objective and activities that constituted the main thrust of the legislative term agenda for the 7th assembly.
He said that the assembly recommended the following; repeal of identified obsolete laws, reform of the water laws, reform of the urban planning and city layout for urban renewal.
Other recommendations are reform of the health sector to enhance quality health care for the citizenry, reforms of the transportation laws, commercialization and privatization education law, land use reform and establishment of state land bank.
“Reform of pension and gratuity law, reform on agriculture towards improving food security, reform on capital development authority law, reform on renewable energy laws, establishment laws on investment for property development.
“Effective date of commencement of enacted laws, strengthen security and safety laws, passage of the special needs bill and review of consumer protection and contract laws,” he said.
Nnajiofor said that the assembly targetted the following robust representation through constituency outreaches and civil engagements and review of existing law to reflect international best practices.
The lawmaker said that the assembly would conduct service delivery dialogue with MDAs and constituents develop checklist for oversight bill drafting and public engagement.
“Conduct continuous training and retraining of legislators, staff and legislative aides, organise legislative week for resource mobilization for the equipment of the library and enhancement of executive, Judiciary and Legislative relationships.
“Operationalise the assembly service commission; pursue internal infrastructure update and legislative visibility and development of operational standards including monitoring and evaluation tools” he said.
In the same vein, the assembly also presented another report on the establishment of state consumer protection committee.
He said that the assembly recommended the establishment of consumer protection agency and amendment of consumer and contract laws of Enugu state.
“Establishment of consumer protection mobile courts reviews of multiyear tariff order, sanitization of the consumers on their rights, establishment of consumer protection agency officers in the 17 Local Government Area of Enugu state.
“Reduction of tariffs billed by Enugu Electricity Distribution Commission, EEDC in the south east zone, sanction measures against EEDC, National electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC to carry out their regulatory function effectively” he pointed out.
Nnajiofor said that the maxim that a customer is king or right was elusive in their society, noting that he strongly believed that if the recommendations were adopted and implemented it would go a long way in correcting the menace and assisting their state to develop the more.
The Speaker also received the report on consumer protection and said that it would be adopted on a later date to be determined by the committee on rules and business.
Ubosi urged the committee to come up with a private member bill to back their recommendation to reduce untold hardship in the state.
The House adjourned to Dec.12.
Edited & Vetted By: Maureen Atuonwu
Father of 3 commits suicide in Nsukka
A father of three children, Emmanuel Eze on Monday allegedly committed suicide at Amagu Umudiaka village, Ihe community in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State.
Eze, who hailed from Ehe-alumona, Nsukka, reportedly hanged himself in the early hours of Monday in an uncompleted one- story-building close to the house where he lived as tenant with his family.
Elder brother to the deceased, Mr Silas Eze, who confirmed the incident, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Nsukka on Monday that his late brother had been behaving abnormally before he took is life.
“It is unfortunate that my younger brother decided to commit suicide.
“For sometime now he had been behaving like someone who had mental health problem.
“Yesterday (Sunday), he hit the younger sister with a big wood and ran away, the sister was immediately rushed to the Bishop Shanahan Hospital, Nsukka.
“We are surprised to discover this morning that he has hanged himself in an uncompleted one-storeyed building near his compound.
“As I am talking with you, Emma’s wife is not yet aware that her husband has committed suicide, because she is the one staying with my sister in Bishop Shanahan Hospital,” he said.
Eze said that one of the family members had been mandated to report the incident at the Nsukka Divisional Police Station.
When contacted, Mr Daniel Ndukwe , the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Enugu State Police Command, said that he had received several calls on the incident.
Ndukwe however, said that the command was still awaiting brief from Nsukka Divisional Police Station.
Edited By: Debo Oshundun/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)
Mrs Ugwuanyi wants families, LGs to support exclusive breastfeeding
Wife of Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, Mrs Monica Ugwuanyi, has called for the support families, friends and local government authorities, in the area of exclusive breastfeeding for babies.
Mrs Ugwuanyi made the appeal in a virtual internet video message, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria , on Monday in Enugu.
The message was to commemorate this year’s “World Breastfeeding Week”, which holds between Aug.1 and Aug. 7.
According to her, there is need for mothers, fathers and wives of local government chairmen, to join in the renewed call for appropriate feeding for newborns and infants, and support nursing mothers in any way they can.
“A warm chain of support from us all will create an enabling environment that empowers all mothers to breastfeed optimally for a healthier planet.
“I pledge to bridge the gap for the survival of our children within the state.
“This appropriate feeding for newborns and infants, which is uncompromising exclusive breastfeeding, is also one pathway to mitigate environmental degradation,’’ she said.
Mrs Ugwuanyi also stressed the importance of early initiation of breastfeeding of children within the first one hour of birth, and exclusively for six months.
“Also introduction of solid food after six months to complement continuous exclusive breastfeeding, meant to last for two years of age or beyond,’’ she said.
The governor’s wife noted that mothers’ breast milk contained antibodies that helped babies fight viruses and bacteria, as well as lowered babies’ risk of having asthma or allergies.
“It also provides the ideal nutrition for the babies and makes them smarter.
“Babies, who are exclusively breastfed for six months without a formula, have fewer ear infections, respiratory illness and diarrhea,’’ she added.
She also enumerated some negative consequences of inadequate breastfeeding on malnourished children, especially when they become adults, to include stunting and likely suffering of chronic diseases.
NAN reports that the theme of this year’s World Breastfeeding Week is: “Support Breastfeeding for a Healthier Planet’’.
Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore (NAN)
NGO trains 35 youths in budget monitoring, project implementation in Enugu
The Coordinator of CODE in the state, Mr Daniel Ugwu, made this known in a statement on Monday in Enugu.
Ugwu said that the training was organised for members of Enugu State ‘Follow-The-Money’ initiative and ActionAid activists.
He said that the training was meant to equip the participants with the necessary tools to inspire change in their communities.
Ugwu, who is the South East Coordinator, Follow-The-Money, said that it was necessary to equip the youths with the relevant information to become advocates for good governance and accountability.
“The essence of the training is to enhance youth capacity in influencing effective public service delivery by equipping them with necessary information and resources to participate in development processes.
“Some of the key areas the participants were trained include Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, report writing, advocacy and policy influencing strategies and data mining,” he said.
Ugwu said that the training was part of CODE’s effort to achieve its mission of improving access to information and empower members of local communities.
He said that Follow-The-Money initiative was aimed promoting open government and effective service delivery as well as tracking government and international aid spending in health, education and environment.
Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)
NiMet predicts cloudy, thundery weather activities Monday to Wednesday
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted cloudy and thundery weather activities from Monday to Wednesday across the country.
NiMet`s weather outlook released on Sunday in Abuja predicted cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms over some parts of northern states.
The states are Yobe, Borno, Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa, Sokoto, Taraba, Kebbi and Katsina.
According to the agency, the rest of the region will be under cloudy conditions during the time.
“Later in the day, cloudy skies with pockets of thunderstorms are anticipated over the region with the exception of Sokoto where cloudy condition is expected.
“Over the central region, cloudy skies with isolated rain showers are anticipated over Jos, Nasarawa, Makurdi, Niger and Abuja during the morning hours.
“As the day progresses, much cloudiness is expected to prevail over the region with prospects of thunderstorms over Benue, Abuja, Niger and Plateau States.’’
The agency predicted that southern coast and the inland would be cloudy with the exception of Ikom, Obudu, Calabar in Cross River and Eket in Akwa Ibom, where light rain showers were anticipated during the morning hours.
It further predicted that some southeast inland and coastal cities such as Enugu, Umuahia, Obudu, Uyo, Calabar, Eket, Port-Harcourt and Yenagoa are expected to experience cloudy skies with scattered rain showers later in the day.
The agency, however, envisaged cloudy skies over the inland and coastal areas of the Southwest.
According to NiMet, morning thunderstorms are likely over Katsina, Borno, Taraba and Katsina on Tuesday, while the rest of the northern region is expected to be cloudy during the morning hours.
“Places like Southern Borno, Bauchi, and Gombe will experience cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms in the evening while the rest of the region are expected to be cloudy.
“Cloudy skies with thunderstorms are expected over Niger axis, while other parts of the central cities will experience much cloudiness during the morning hours.
“Scattered thunderstorms are anticipated over Kaduna and Niger States in the afternoon with more prospects in the evening.
“Cloudy conditions are expected over inland and coast of the south during the morning and evening period.’’
NiMet forecast cloudy skies over the northern region with chances of thunderstorms over Borno, Gombe, and Adamawa during the morning hours of Wednesday.
It also predicted pockets of thunderstorms over Borno, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe, Kano, Zamfara and Kebbi States.
“Cloudy skies are expected to prevail across the central region during the morning hours, while thunderstorms are expected over the high grounds of the central states during the afternoon and evening period.
“Cloudiness is expected to prevail over the inland and the coastal belt throughout the forecast period.’’
Edited By: Dianabasi Effiong/Silas Nwoha (NAN)