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JUST IN: Lawmakers move to recover illegally converted House of Assembly residential quarters

The Imo State House of Assembly has passed a motion urging the state Governor, Hope Uzodimma, to recover the House of Assembly quarters from squatters so they can be used as intended.

The passed motion was sponsored by the representative of Orlu Constituency, Ikenna Ihezuo (APC) on Tuesday.

Presenting the motion, Ihezuo noted that the Imo State House of Assembly staff quarters were illegally converted to personal use and needed to be recovered.
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He recalled that members and staff of the Assembly, including aides of lawmakers, were ejected from the premises under very controversial circumstances and the place was renamed: “Heroes Apartments.”

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He added that the Assembly records showed that there was no resolution or agreement to cede the said properties.

He said the illegal conversion had impacted negatively on members and staff of the assembly, who had to rent accommodation elsewhere.

The lawmaker stated that the purpose for which the quarters were built had been grossly defeated and should be addressed.

Ihezuo prayed to the lawmakers to urge the governor to use the necessary machinery of government to recover the properties from those currently managing them and put them to proper use.

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Supporting the motion, Gilbert Nwosu (APC-Oguta) stated that conversion of the quarters was an insult to the legislature and should not be allowed to continue.

Nwosu added that the accommodation of lawmakers in other states was sacrosanct and called for urgent action to be taken.

Also supporting the motion, Uche Agabige (APC-Orsu) stated that all those involved in the illegal conversion of the assembly quarters should be brought to book.

Agabige also suggested that everything recovered from the quarters should be handed over to the legislature as compensation.

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Contributing to the debate, the Owerri Municipal representative, Kingsley Amadi (LP), noted that the premises had not been well maintained before they were converted for commercial purposes.

Amadi appealed to the government to ensure that they are properly maintained when they are recovered and returned to the House of Assembly.

Following votes in favour of the motion, the Speaker, Chike Olemgbe, ruled in favour of prayers of the motion.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the representative of Isu State Constituency, Kingsley Ozurumba (APC), was also sworn in during the plenary session.

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