The bill seeking to establish the Abia State Orientation Agency has passed through second reading in the Abia State House of Assembly.
Presenting the bill during plenary, the sponsor and Leader of the house, Mr Solomon Akpulonu explained that the benefits inherent in the bill when passed were enormous, pointing out that one of the core duties of the agency was to educate the people on the policies and programmes of government.
He said the agency would also be responsible in creating awareness, enlightenment and reorientation in the state to enable the residents to be more responsible and patriotic and called on members to support the bill as it was long overdue.
Supporting the motion, the member representing Isialangwa South Constituency, Mr Chikwendu Kalu, the member representing Obingwa West, Mr Thomas Nkoro and member representing Isialangwa North, Chief Ginger Onwusibe noted that the bill would assist in addressing the issue of propaganda and misinformation as well as working on the attitude of residents.
On his part, the member representing Ugwunagbo Constituency, Chief Munachim Alozie pointed out that creating the agency would be seen as duplication of duties and called on the authorities to fund the exiting ones to enable them to function effectively and achieve its objectives.
The speaker, Chief Chinedum Orji committed the bill into the committee of the whole for further considerations.
The house during plenary entertained two matters of urgent public importance from deputy speaker, Mr Ifeanyi Uchendu on deplorable condition of Mmuri bridge linking Ohafia and Arochukwu and the reoccurrence of attacks in Isu clan by neighbouring Cross River state sponsored by member representing Arochukwu, Mr Mike Ukoha.