By: JULIANA KATUNG, Kaduna
Kaduna State House of Assembly has held its plenary sessions for only 10 times in five Months out of the 60 sittings officially required from the lawmakers in which they are expected to sit 12 times per month.
There are many matters of importance that need to be attended to by the
lawmakers such as the continued killings going on in Birnin Gwari but none
of it has been treated especially as it concerns the committee on security
Our reporter who covers the Assembly plenary reports that the last date the House sat for its plenary was on 15th of May, after a long period of postponement since February in which the House adjourned its sittings to enable committees complete outstanding reports and to resume on 12th June 12, which was further postponed to July 17, 2018, which was yet postponed to August 13th, according to report gathered, was to
enable the committèes complete their pending assignments.
The findings also revealed that in February, the House had passed
about eight bills which includes Contributory Health Bill, Child Welfare and Protection Law, Commercial Motorcycle Prohibition Law which was an amendment to law passed in 2014, which aimed to meet with current realities.
Others include the bill to provide Residency Cards for all residents of
Kaduna, passage of the 23 local government budget, the State Independent
Electoral Law which was also an amendment of SIECOM bill no 10 of 2012 and it was aimed at providing necessary framework to enable an efficient and
effective system to conduct credible and hitch-free local government
elections in Kaduna.
Also the AIDS Control Agency Bill was also passed into law in February with
aim to upscale coordination multi sectored response to HIV/AIDS in the
state, A law to Amend College of Midwifery Law was also passed into law after which the language of resuming and postponement began.
The inability of Kaduna Assembly to have proper sittings in five months has
affected the citizens in which the legislators are toying with the
responsibility of making laws that will have positive impact on the
lives of the citizenry among other responsibilities which can be very
effective when they initiated bills alongside the executive arm.
It was further gathered that the inability of the Assembly of having
proper plenary sittings was in connections to rumours going round of the suspension of two Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members, Mr Bityong Nkom ( Kaura Constituency) and Mr Danladi Kwasu member representing (Zangon Kataf) on November 28, 2017 over alleged engagement in some
manipulative activities against the activities of the Assembly.
The decision which was reached after presenting a matter of urgent public
importance moved by Alhaji Mukhtar Hazo of (Basawa Constituency) and seconded by Alhaji Abdurrahman Haruna of ( Kawo Constituency).
The findings also revealed that the duo in a suit filed before the Kaduna High Court 7 were asking that the suspension be declared null because they were not given fair hearing.
While justice Hannatu Balogun gave verdict in favour of the plaintiffs on
2nd May, she directed that the two suspended members should be given fair
hearing and should be allowed for further investigation.
Another rumour going round is that there is a threat to impeach the Speaker
and change other principal officers of the Assembly which formed part of the
reasons behind it’s inability to have proper plenary.