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Hon. Frank Ugboma
A member of the Imo House of Assembly, representing Oguta Constituency, has condemned the amendment of some portions of the House Rules, describing the action as “obnoxious amendment”.
Hon. Frank Ugboma who cried out against the amendment in Owerri on Monday, said that the act was a “flagrant abuse of legislative process”.
Deputy Speaker Amarachi Iwuanyawu (APC Nwangele), at the last sitting, moved a motion to relax Order 11 and Rules 61, 62 and 63.
Read it: “Any member who misbehaves will be suspended for that sitting, if the offence is not considered serious. But where the said offence is considered serious, the offender will be suspended for a period of two weeks”.
Ugboma said the amendment was an infraction of some sections of the 1999 Constitution that border on fair hearing, stating that all members were entitled to make contributions on the floor of the house.
Ugboma wondered why the process of amendment was orally done on point of order.
Complained Ugboma: “A point of order is only raised when there is an emergency to that effect but there was no emergency warranting the amendment. It was an orchestrated plan to shut some lawmakers up.
“This obnoxious amendment offends all sound logic and it is aimed at discouraging members from demanding their rights”.