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Enugu Assembly passes Criminal Cases Bill into law

By Chinedu Adonu

ENUGU—MEMBERS of  Enugu State House of Assembly, ESHA, yesterday, at a plenary passed into law, the bill to make provision for the procedure to be followed in criminal cases in high courts and magistrate’s courts in Enugu State, House Bill No. 7, 2016.

The passage of the bill into law followed the report of the Joint House Committee on Judiciary, Public Petitions Ethics, etc, presented by the chairman, House Committee on Juduciary,  Philip Nnamani.

Leader of the House, Ikechukwu Eze, who had earlier presented the executive bill on the floor of the House, moved that the House be dissolved into committee of the whole to consider the report before it was eventually passed after going through the bill, clause by clause.

It will be recalled that during the debate on the bill last year, members condemned the unnecessary delays and adjournments in criminal cases in courts and moved that it was due for amendment for quick dispensation of justice and in the process, decongest the prisons.

Speaker of the House, Edward Ubosi, who presided over the passage of the bill, thanked his colleagues for their contributions during the debate prior to its passage.

Blacklists erring contractors

Similarly, the lawmakers have threatened to the blacklist any contractor who failed to complete the job given to him on schedule by the Enugu State Government.

Chairman, House Committee on Works, Housing and Urban Development, Sunday  Ude-Okoye, made the assertion when he led members of his committee to Aninri and Awgu Local Government Areas for an oversight assignment.

Ude-Okoye expressed disappointment over the slow pace of work in some of the project sites visited.

He regretted   that some contractors collected over 30% of the total sum of the contract awarded to them and abandoned the job and vowed that the House would soon organise a thorough public hearing on the State projects going on in all the   local government councils in the State.

He warned the contracts to mobilize back to site or risk being prosecuted.

The Works Committee chairman made it clear that it was no longer business as usual where some scrupulous individuals collect government money without doing the work they were paid to do.

It should be recalled that the Enugu State Government in October, 2016 uniformly flagged off over 35 projects in 17 local government areas of the State.




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