By CHINYERE Nnaemeka
The member representing Ehime Mbano state constituency in the Imo State House of Assembly, Hon. Lawman Duruji has disclosed why he declined the position of House committee chairman on Public Safety.
Duruji made the revelation Tuesday while interacting with journalists, after the House plenary.
He stated “I relinquished the position in good faith as I was elected as an honourable member and not the chairman of any committee. I also discovered that the process that led to my emergence as the chairman of that committee was not procedural as the rules of the House was entirely breached and so I had to dissociate myself from whatever was the outcome”.
The lawmaker recalled that during the plenary, the Ezinihitte representative, Hon. Anyadike Nwosu moved a motion calling for the suspension of the ranking order stipulated in the House rules, which according to him was a section of the House rule that avails the ranking members and the principal officers in the House the privilege of chairing some committees.
Duruji said that he did not have any issues with the amendment of the rules but with the fact that Dike did not observe the Order 18 sub rule 20 of the House Rule, which according to him stipulates: any member desiring to amend or add a clause to any part of the rules shall give notice of such amendment in writing to the speaker, giving details of the proposed amendment.
The legislator pointed out that if that was observed, the speaker was suppose to within 7 days of notice cause amendments to be printed and circulated to all the House members so they could make their contributions.
He added that, he and other House members realizing that the rules were not followed tried to redirect the House to no avail.
Duruji maintained that the even the standing selection committee which was suppose to be constituted at the inception of the 9th House that would select the members that are suppose to constitute each of the committee within 30 legislative days as according to him, is stipulated in the Order 17 sub section 2 of the House Rules, was not set up.
“Even though nothing could be done to remedy the situation as the speaker’s word is final. Also the house rules made no provision for sanction in such cases of breach of rules, but we all know that due process was not observed in the issue as it is the mantra of the present administration.”