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Abia lawmakers on fresh break

By Anayo Okoli

Umuahia— MEMBERS of Abia State House of Assembly have embarked on another round of recess less than two weeks after they resumed from a two month vacation.

This time, the law makers were forced to embark on the recess due to lack of funds to run  legislative affairs.

Sources close to the House hinted that the legislators have, for some time now, been complaining about poor funding as, according them, money due to the legislature has not been forthcoming.

The action of the law makers’ forced vacation is coming on the heels of a strike by public teachers in the state over the non-implementation of the teachers’ salary scale (TSS) as well as non-payment of salary arrears.

The lawmakers had just resumed from a two month recess on October 27, 2009, to continue sitting, but were surprised to discover that there was no money to enable them resume their business of law making.

Confirming this development, the member representing Umuahia South constituency, Chief Chidi Nwosu, disclosed that the lawmakers decided to embark on “another recess because of absence of facilities, release of funds and implementation of the House Services Commission”.

Nwosu said the House of Assembly came to the grim financial situation when it became difficult for the periodic statutory release of funds to house by the relevant authorities.

According to Nwosu, the legislature had even invited officials of the Ministry of Finance severally to explain why funds for the House was not forthcoming for proper functioning of the House, but noted that regrettably nothing had changed.

“What is wrong with Abia is what is wrong with most other states. There is mal-administration; there is mismanagement of resources and there is no in-ward looking as to how to mop up funds for the establishments to function,” Nwosu said.


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