Speaker Berates Lawmakers For Misconduct At Plenary

Raymond Ozoji, Awka

The Speaker of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Rita Maduagwu, has frowned on what she described as misconduct by lawmakers during legislative proceedings.

She complained that it was an act of gross misconduct for some members of the House to persistently disrupt deliberations through side-talks, taking or receiving phone calls, walking about in the chambers as well as fondling with hand-bags while the House is in session.

Maduagwu posited that it was not honourable for members of the House to indulge in such unparliamentary behaviours as their constituents and the public at large expected much from them.

The Speaker also maintained that the standing orders of the House prohibited unconventional acts in the hallowed chambers urging members to endeavour to observe the code of ethics of the legislature to enable them to act accordingly especially during legislative sessions.

She also stated in clear-cut terms that such parliamentary misconducts would henceforth not be condoned nor tolerated; that as representatives of the people, it behoves on them to show good examples and not the contrary.

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