The house passed 11 out of the 14 bills initiated by the executive arm

The Benue State House of Assembly has dissolved all its committees. David Lorhemba, the Speaker of the House, disclosed this on Friday in a letter to mark the end of the First Legislative Session of the Seventh Assembly.  

The speaker said that the committees were dissolved to give members the opportunity to experience the workings of various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), adding that the committees would be reconstituted as soon as the house resumed from its recess on June 26.

Lorhemba enjoined the committee chairpersons who had pending reports to tidy them up and present them to the house for debate soon after the recess.  

He said the house had passed 11 bills into law out of the 14 initiated by the executive arm. He added that all the bills passed were assented to by the governor of the state.  

“The remaining bills have been deferred to the second legislative session in accordance with our standing rule 56,” he said.  

The assembly adopted 45 major resolutions, while 10 reports were conclusively debated out of the 15 reports submitted. Twelve petitions were referred to the committee on Public Petitions Bills Review and Appraisal for scrutiny, but no report was presented by the committee.  

He added that six different categories of confirmation hearing and screening of executive nominations for key appointments were held, leading to the confirmation of most of the nominees.  

He commended the state legislators for discharging their duties creditably and urged them to keep the “flag flying” at all times.  

Lorhemba admonished his colleagues to use the period of the recess for sober reflection and creating a robust relationship with their constituents.

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