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  • Updated: June 13, 2024

Ebonyi Assembly moves to ban masquerading in Ohaukwu LGA

Ebonyi Assembly moves to ban masquerading in Ohaukwu LGA

The Ebonyi State House of Assembly, has passed a motion to ban masquerading in public places within Ohaukwu Local Government Area, a measure aimed at curbing violent incidents linked to the practice.

The Speaker of the Assembly, Hon. Moses Odunwa, announced the decision on Thursday, during the first anniversary session of the 7th State Assembly members.

"The motion to ban masquerading at public places in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the state is intended to bring an immediate and permanent end to barbarism in Okwor Ngbo Market," Odunwa stated.

He highlighted a recent incident where a masquerade, known locally as “Ugwoke Omebe,” assaulted ministers of God at Okwor Ngbo Market square, underscoring the urgent need for the ban to prevent further occurrences.

The Speaker earlier noted that the state’s 7th Assembly has made 16 laws and moved six motions, which, in his words, has direct bearings on the advancement and economic development of the state.

The laws include, Ebonyi State Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency Law 2023; Ebonyi State Boundary and Allied Matters Commission Law 2023; and Ebonyi State Rural Access Roads Authority Law 2023.

Others are Ebonyi State Roads Fund Law 2023; Ebonyi State Drugs and Medical Commodities Management Agency Law 2023; Ebonyi State Statistics Law 2023; Ebonyi State Revised Appropriation Law 2023; Ebonyi State Appropriation Law 2023; and Ebonyi State Physical Planning Permit Regulation Law 2024.

The remaining billspassed are, Ebonyi State Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law 2024; Ebonyi State Building Control Regulation Law 2024; Ebonyi State Chief Registrars (Harmonization with the Permanent Secretaries) Law 2024; Ebonyi State Citizens Mediation Centre Law, 2024; Ebonyi State Honours (Amendment) Law 2024; Ebonyi State Correctional Service and Regulation Law 2024; and Ebonyi State International Airport Law 2024, all of which were passed by the House within a year in office.

The House also moved a motion for the upgrade of the state’s 10 Model Junior Secondary Schools to fully operational and a motion for the rehabilitation of the culvert along Abakaliki-Enugu Express Way.

According to Odunwa, the culvert was a death trap but has been properly fixed and is currently in use.

The Speaker also mentioned that the House Resolution concerning the Ebonyi State Independent Electoral Commission’s Local Government Elections 2024 Budget Proposal was also mentioned as an achievement of the 7th State Assembly’s first year in office.

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