A Freedom of Information Bill, introduced at the Abia State House of Assembly as a private member’s Bill, has successfully scaled the first stage of the legislative process as it passed the First Reading.
Having successfully gone through the preliminary formality in the legislative process, the principles of the Bill will be debated by members of the House when it comes up for Second Reading at a yet to be specified date, although the plenary session was later adjourned to January 31, 2022.
The State’s seventh House of Assembly, at a plenary session presided over by the Speaker, Rt. Hon Chinedum Enyinnaya Orji, on December 30, 2021, voted for the Bill tagged “H.A.B. 52: The Abia State Freedom of Information Bill, 2021”, to proceed for further consideration in the House.
The motion for the Bill to pass First Reading was moved by the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Solomon Akpulonu, and seconded by Hon Emeka Okoroafor, after going through the relevant legislative processes.
The Bill is sponsored by Hon. Okoroafor, who is the Deputy Minority Whip and the member representing Isuikwuato State Constituency.