Enugu Assembly bans hawkers, destitutes

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Hon. Edward Ubosi, Speaker, ENHA
Hon. Edward Ubosi, Speaker, ENHA

The Enugu State House of Assembly, has passed a motion seeking to ban hawkers and destitute from roads in the Enugu metropolis.

The lawmakers equally resolved to make it an offence for anybody or organisation to paste posters and handbills on bus stops built in the Enugu Capital Territory and major towns in the State.

The member representing Nkanu East Constituency, Hon. Paul Nnajifor, supported by thirteen others moved the motion, urging the state government through the Ministry of Environment to ban members of the public from defacing the bus stops with posters of any kind.

The motion also sought to mandate the Ministry of Environment through the Waste Management Authority, ESWAMA, Ministries of Gender Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, to clear the bus stops and all the roads in the metropolis of destitutes and hawkers that constitute nuisance in the urban areas that make up the capital territory.

In the same vein, the motion sought the state government to direct the Ministry of Environment and agencies to monitor bus stops with a view to prosecuting offenders.

All the members spoke in favour of the motion before it was passed, except the member representing Udi North, Hon. Johnbull Nwagu, who raised objection that the House would be ridiculed should the order be flouted as done in the past when a similar motion was raised during the 5th Assembly.

However, the speaker, Hon. Edward Ubosi overruled Nwagu’s objection saying that the import of the motion was to ensure the environmental cleanliness of the state. (National Mirror)

“I thank in a special way the mover of the motion and the co-sponsors and my colleagues for their contributions to the motion,” Ubosi said.

Meanwhile, the House has cleared a member of the Civil Service Commission nominee, Mr. Egbogu Eugene Ejike from Eha Amufu, Isi-Uzo Local Government Area to replace Mr. Nwanze Agu who died recently.

Mr. Ejike will be Member Four of the commission when sworn in to fill the vacant position. (National Mirror)

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