Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Imo Assembly complex collapse : Lawmakers now hold their ex­ecutive sessions at the Speak­er’s Lodge .

Less than a year after renovation works were conducted at the Imo State House of Assembly complex, the 27 lawmakers have abandoned the premises owing to structural defects that may result in its collapse.
Already, the lawmakers have relocated to the Ahia­joku Trade and Investment centre as temporary complex for their legislative functions, and currently make use of plastic chairs for their official functions.
It was gathered that the lawmakers now hold their ex­ecutive sessions at the Speak­er’s Lodge at Port Harcourt road, Owerri, from where they come to their temporary chamber for plenaries.
A visit by The AUTHOR­ITY to the Assembly complex revealed huge structural de­fects. While the roof is cav­ing in, the walls reveal gaping cracks.
Sources who pleaded ano­nymity said the State Govern­ment, contrary to the original design and structural speci­fication, used lesser quality materials for the demarcation of the offices, nine inches blocks to demarcate the of­fices of the lawmakers and those of the members of staff, which added more weight to the load already borne by the original foundation.
The complex which is about caving was remodeled less than one year ago by the State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, and it was being alleged that it was as a result of the unprofessional work carried out that caused the current structural defects which have forced the law­makers to abandon the com­plex.
Meanwhile, the new ven­ue for the legislative activi­ties is witnessing low turn­out of lawmakers, owing to lack of conducive offices and facilities.
On their part, the staff of the Assembly and the leg­islative aides are currently stranded, due to lack of of­fices.
Reacting to the develop­ment, Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Acho Ihim, Mr Ben Ilochonwu said that there was no cause for alarm, as the lawmakers were expect­ed to return to the Assem­bly complex in a month’s time.
“We are managing Ahia­joku complex for now until all the rehabilitation works are completed,” Ilochonwu said.
Source : Authority 

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