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Financial Crisis: Imo Assembly Moves To Increase IGR By 100%

Imo State House Of Assembly Commenced Normal Session Yesterday With Inauguration Of Joint Committee On Internally Generated Revenue.

Damian Duruiheoma, Owerri

The newly inaugurated Imo State House of Assembly has commenced normal session with the announcement of a Joint House Committee on Internally Generated Revenue (IGR). Before declaring membership of the committee, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Acho Ihim, explained that Nigeria was facing serious economic challenges of which the South-East states were not left out.

The speaker called on his colleagues to join hands with the executive arm towards improving the fortune of the State amidst dwindling oil revenue and consequently a drop in federal allocation accruing to the states. The committee is headed by the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Ugonna Ozuruigbo representing Nwangele Constituency, with 7 other lawmakers as part of the committee. Four other members of the body would be nominated by the executive arm of the state government.

Inaugurating the committee the speaker said the Joint House Committee on IGR would fashion out ways to ensure 100 percent increase in the revenue of the State. On a related development, the House also passed a motion commending Governor Rochas Okorocha for the renovation of the Assembly complex.

The motion sponsored by honourable member representing Ideato South was warmly supported by other Members. Contributing to the debate, Member for Ahiazu Mbaise Constituency, Hon. Ken Agbim, joined his colleagues to commend the State chief executive for the facelift of the legislative building. Agbim further called on the management of the complex to exhibit good maintenance culture noting that such was needed to sustain the effort of the government.

Meanwhile, the Imo State House of Assembly, has elected its other principal officers to join the speaker and the deputy speaker. Some of the members elected include the Member representing Owerri Municipal State Constituency, Lugard Osuji as Majority Leader, Hon. Chinedu Offor from Onuimo as deputy majority leader, Hon. Obinna Egu from Ngorkpala as Minority Leader while the member for Ohaji Egbema, Hon. Emmanuel Orie was elected as Deputy Minority Leader.

The rest are the member for Ideato South, Hon. Ikechukwu Amuka elected as chief whip with Uche Oguwuike from Ikeduru as Deputy Chief Whip while Lady Joy Mbawike from Isiala Mbano was elected the Minority Whip with Hon. Bruno Ukoha from Ezinihitte Mbaise as Deputy Minority Whip.

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