The Anambra State Assembly today, passed Anambra State House of Assembly Service Commission Bill into law, amid happiness among staff of the Assembly.
The bill titled , “A Law to Provide for the Establishment of the Anambra State House of Assembly Service Commission, Functions of the Commission and for Connected Purposes”, has been in the House of Assembly for consideration since 2018. However, it was passed into law today, following debate and approval of the House Services Committee report on the Bill, by the House, during the Committee of the whole, in today’s session.
The law, among other things provided that the House of Assembly Service Commission shall “comprise of a Chairman and four other members with at least one member drawn from each of the three senatorial zones in the state”.
Appointment of members of the Commission shall be by the Governor, who will choose from a list of qualified persons, forwarded by the Speaker of the House in consultation with the Principal Officers of the House, the law has provided. Membership of the Commission is tenured for a period of 5 years after which, a member can only be reappointed once more.
There is further provision for a Secretary to the Commission, who shall be appointed by the Commission.
The law also provided for increase in the salaries of all staff of the Assembly, distinguishing it with the salary structure of civil servants in the state.
In effect, the Anambra State House of Assembly Service Commission Law, which was passed today, made series of provisions that has empowered the legislature to perform its duties, more independently, devoid of executive excesses.
This by far, is a major landmark by the Anambra State 6th Assembly, whose tenure of office will terminate in about two months.
It is therefore expected that the incoming 7th Assembly will perform better and exceed the existing standard of legislative performance in Anambra State.
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