Enugu assembly defers pensions’ scheme deliberations

Enugu state House of Assembly yesterday received the report of the Joint Committee on Civil Service and Judiciary on the bill seeking the establishment of contributory civil servants pensions’ scheme, but deferred deliberation on the matter to a later date.

Recalled that the House had earlier concluded debate on the general principles on the merit of the bill in 2011, but following protests by the civil servants during the public hearing on the bill, the House could not pass the bill and decided to do more research on the merits of the bill, hence the inauguration of the joint committee.

Receiving the report of the committee led by the member representing Enugu East Constituency, Hon. Joseph Agbo Ugwumba, the Speaker of the House, Hon. Eugene Odo, thanked them for a job well done, but said deliberation on the bill would be deferred to a later date to be determined by the House Committee on Rules and Business.
Odo advised members to study the report carefully so as to make useful contributions when the bill would come up for deliberation on the floor of the House again.

The speaker noted that the essence of setting up the joint committee to look into the bill was because of the contentious nature of the bill and expressed happiness that the committee did a painstaking job that incorporated the views of stakeholders to the bill.
Consequently, the House yesterday received the first private member bill captioned “The Enugu State Investment Promotion Commission Bill No1 of 2014.”

The Bill was sponsored by the deputy speaker of the House, Hon. Chime Orji, representing Enugu North.
Orji explained that the Bill intended to encourage and promote investment opportunities in the state through effective coordination and monitoring of all investment activities in the state.

He also explained that the Bill, when passed, would assist in providing an enabling environment for investment in the state.

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