Assembly lifts suspension on Edo lawmaker

The Edo House of Assembly on Tuesday lifted the suspension placed on one of its members, Sunny Ojiezele (PDP- Esan South East).

The Speaker, Blessing Agbebaku, stated this at Tuesday’s plenary in Benin, directing him to resume plenary on Thursday.

Ojiezele was suspended on January 29 for allegedly causing disunity among lawmakers.

Meanwhile, the house has commended Governor Godwin Obaseki for assenting to the financial autonomy bill for both the state legislature and judiciary passed in December 2023.

The Speaker said this, adding that the governor had signed the bill into law.

He added that the law would further deepen the dividends of democracy in the state.

 He also appreciated his colleagues and the staff of the house for their cooperation in achieving the enviable feat.

Also speaking, the Deputy Speaker,  Maria Edeko(PDP- Esan North-East 11), said the passage of the autonomy bill into law by the governor was a milestone achievement of the 8th assembly.

Edeko said the Constitution of Nigeria provided for the separation of power between the three arms of government.

“Today, I am glad and happy that this all important bill has been passed into law because it will help the house achieve its goals in a way that would benefit people.

“In fact, it is today we got independence in Edo. This means trust, integrity, respect and accountability.

“Democracy is all about ensuring popular participation and control of the process of government and the legislature and Judiciary are two critical arms of government that can be leverage on for good governance in the state.

“This is why I am an ardent supporter of gov. Godwin Obaseki because he is building institutions and carrying out reforms in all the sectors,” she said.

“The governor has expeditiously assented to this bill because he understands the benefits that are bound in it.

“Now that the bill has been passed, we must put implementation strategy on ground to kick off because the legislative arm, cannot afford to fail.
“We must work hard to defend democracy. I think that the eight assembly is very lucky because we are well positioned to do the work we were elected to do.”

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