Joint Committee on Commerce, Industry and Judiciary yesterday submitted its report on a bill for a law to establish the Enugu State Investment and Development Authority.
The report, which was presented by the chairman of the joint committee, Mr Philip Nnamani (Enugu North constituency) during plenary on Tuesday, was unanimously accepted by the lawmakers but debate on it was deferred to a later date to be determined by the Committee on Rules and Business.
The bill sponsored by the leader of the Assembly, Mr Ikechukwu Ezugwu, was said to have been contentious during debate on its general principles which necessitated the constitution of the joint committee to look into it.
Speaking on the importance of the bill, Ezeugwu said that the committee was set up to organise a public hearing to give stakeholders and members of the public the opportunity to make contributions for its speedy passage.
During the debate on the general principle and merit of the bill, some members of the assembly opposed the bill, saying that similar bill had been passed by the lawmakers during the fifth assembly.
The speaker, Chief Edward Ubosi urged the joint committee to critically study the bill and inform members on whether they would proceed with its debate and possible passage or not.
The House adjourned sitting till Tuesday, Dec. 15, even as they were expecting Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to present the 2016 appropriation bill for consideration.

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