Enugu to digitalize state assembly activities
FOR easier access to the activities of the Enugu State House of Assembly by the public, its votes and proceedings will be digitalized, Speaker of the Assembly, Edward Ubosi, has said.Meanwhile, the House of Assembly joint Committee on Commerce and Industry, Economic Development and Judiciary has fixed Thursday, September 17, 2015 for public hearing on Enugu State Investment and Human Development Authority and Other Matters bill.
Speaking at a dinner party organized by an Enugu based social club,
Cordial Friends Association at the Nike Lake Resort Hotel on Tuesday, Ubosi stated that time had come when democracy should be
given her pride of place by letting the society know about the activities of those elected to represent them.
He said: “I met a House which had its votes and proceedings done manually and I must make sure that I leave an e-house before the end of my tenure. When you want to retrieve some information about members who have been in this House, you will find out that some of them have been torn or soaked by water.”
Ubosi said he would leave an indelible mark in the House, stressing that when the votes and proceedings have been digitalized, the contributions of members could be retrieved even after a member must have left the House by mere pressing a button.
He said that the House under his watch would not engage the executive in open confrontation rather thean dialogue to streamline issues.
“You don’t need to quarrel with the executive, instead you engage them.
Whatever you are doing, you engage the executive for the benefit of the state,” he added.
Ubosi expressed the view that the autonomy of the legislators would have helped the assemblies carry out their functions well without resorting to the executive for their financial engagement.
He however regretted that efforts made to grant the legislature financial autonomy has not borne fruit in the meantime.
Meanwhile, Deputy Speaker, Donatus Uzogbado said the public hearing would take place at the main chamber of the Assembly Complex, Independence Layout.
He urged prospective participants who may wish to make input to the bill to submit their written contribution at Room 10 at the Assembly Complex for further legislative attention.
Already, the bill has passed first and second reading at a plenary session on the floor of the House.
The members who contributed to the debate said when accented to by the executive, the bill would encourage investors to invest in the state because of enabling environment.