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The Imo State House of Assembly, presided over by the Speaker, Chike Olemgbe, has called on Governor Hope Uzodinma to immediately begin taking necessary steps to recover the parliamentary quarters currently leased out on commercial purpose to yet-to-be mentioned investors.
The member representing Orlu Constituency, Dr. Ikenna Ihezue, moved the motion, yesterday, during a plenary and was co-sponsored by Bernard Ozoemenam, the member representing Ehime Mbano Constituency, Dominic Ezerioha, Uche Agabige (Orsu), James Esile, Innocent Ikpamezie (Mbaitoli), Chigozie Nwaneri, Kelechi Ofurum (Owerri North) and Bernard Ozoemenam.
The Eastern Updates gathered from very reliable sources that the buildings located in Owerri, which were started by the late Sam Mbakwe administration, but were left uncomplicated for decades until the Rochas Okorocha administration, had a commercial deal with a private outfit, which handled the completion, then converted and renamed it to Heroes Apartments.
Ihezue, who is the Chairman, Committee on House Services, pointed out that whereas members of the House had no accommodation, but have been operating from hotels, and faced with the problem of settling down, their legal quarters were leased out on commercial basis, illegally.
According to him, he had taking time to meticulously search in all the available and relevant files and documents, there were no documented resolutions of the House that the buildings should be leased out in any form.
He condemned the seemingly Gestapo style the then administration used to eject occupants (members of staff and other dependents) from the quarters without enough time to find alternative accommodation.
He urged that members should pressure the governor to recover the buildings the same way he recovered other government property ceded wrongly by previous administrations, re-designating it to parliamentary quarters as originally backed by the law.