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Ebonyi Assembly Initiates Bill To Ban Masquerade Festivals

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A controversial motion to ban masquerading in public areas of Ohaukwu Local Government has been approved by the Ebonyi State House of Assembly, sparking a heated discussion on the balance between tradition and public order.

During a momentous session on Thursday, Speaker Moses Odunwa shared a crucial update with the 7th State Assembly members, commemorating their first year of service in the revered legislative chamber.

The Speaker explained that the motion aims to halt the cycle of brutality and violence in the region, promoting a culture of tolerance and coexistence through the prohibition of public masquerading.

According to him: “A motion to ban masquerading at public places in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the state aimed at bringing an immediate and permanent end to barbarism in Okwor Ngbo Market.”

He recalled that a masquerade popularly known as “Ugwoke Omebe” beat ministers of God recently at the said Okwor Ngbo Market square.


The Speaker earlier noted that the state’s seventh assembly has made 16 laws and moved six motions, which, in his words, has a direct bearing on the advancement and economic development of the state.

The laws included Ebonyi State Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency Law 2023; Ebonyi State Boundary and Allied Matters Commission Law 2023; and Ebonyi State Rural Access Roads Authority Law 2023.

Others are Ebonyi State Roads Fund Law 2023; Ebonyi State Drugs and Medical Commodities Management Agency Law 2023; Ebonyi State Statistics Law 2023; Ebonyi State Revised Appropriation Law 2023; Ebonyi State Appropriation Law 2023; and Ebonyi State Physical Planning Permit Regulation Law 2024.

The remaining ones are Ebonyi State Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law 2024;

Ebonyi State Building Control Regulation Law 2024; Ebonyi State Chief Registrars (Harmonization with the Permanent Secretaries) Law 2024; Ebonyi State Citizens Mediation Centre Law, 2024; Ebonyi State Honours (Amendment) Law 2024; Ebonyi State Correctional Service and Regulation Law 2024; and Ebonyi State International Airport Law 2024, all of which were passed by the House within a year in office.

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The House gave a thumbs-up to two crucial motions: one to elevate the state’s 10 Model Junior Secondary Schools into fully-equipped educational institutions, and another to restore the culvert along the strategic Abakaliki-Enugu Expressway.

Speaker Odunwa revealed that the once-treacherous culvert, formerly a hazard to travelers, has been expertly restored and is now safely open to traffic, much to the relief of the community.

Odunwa pointed to the successful handling of a House Resolution regarding the Ebonyi State Independent Electoral Commission’s 2024 local government election budget as a testament to the 7th State Assembly’s productivity and commitment to democratic processes during its inaugural year.

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