The Speaker of Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Hon. Ogbonnaya Nwifuru, has said the House under his leadership passed a total of 49 bills and 285 resolutions in the last four years.
Nwifuru disclosed this during a valedictory plenary to mark the end of the 5th Assembly held at the chambers on Friday.
According to the Speaker, the bills passed was the highest in the history of Ebonyi State House of Assembly.
He said the 49 bills have all been assented to by the Governor of Ebonyi State and they are impacting positively on the lives of the people.
“We equally handled effectively letters emanating from the Office of the Governor seeking legislative approvals and authentications.
“We screened and confirmed Governor’s nominees for appointments and other issues of legislative concerns brought before the honourable House, including valedictory sessions for our departed former Honourable Members,” Nwifuru said.
He also noted that it was under the 5th Assembly that they were able to influence the Governor to constitute the House of Assembly Commission; within six months of their inauguration.
Nwifuru further added that the 5th Assembly also reconstructed the hitherto obsolete legislative complex to a modern legislative complex.
He commended the members for their courage, maturity and sense of brotherhood which he said gave room for the smooth operation of legislative business of the House throughout the four years.
The Deputy Speaker, Odefa Obasi Odefa and other lawmakers took turns to share their experiences as members of the 5th Assembly and commended their constituents for giving them the opportunity to serve.
Also, the only survived female member Hon. Mrs Franca okpo, while adding her voice in congratulating the speaker for his peaceful leadership, urged politicians to give women opportunity to become members of the national and state assembly come 2023.
According to her, three women out of 24 members of the state House of Assembly is a poor arrangement.
However, out of the 24 lawmakers that formed the 5th Assembly, 16 of them including the Speaker and Deputy Speaker were reelected and will form part of the 6th Assembly that would be inaugurated on Tuesday, by the state Governor.