PROMINENT stakeholders in Jos East Local Government Area of Plateau State have commended member representing Jos South/Jos East federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Edward Pwajok (SAN), for what they termed fair and credible representation in the National Assembly. The stakeholders disclosed this during a constituency awareness programme on constitutional amendment, organised by Hon. Pwajok at Izere Hall, Laminga, Jos East Local Government Area of the State yesterday Former Ambassador of Nigeria to Ukraine, Ibrahim Kasai, expressed satisfaction with the legislative performance of Hon. Pwajok at the House of Representatives, where he has initiated over 40 bills that have positive impact on Plateau State and Nigeria. He urged the legislator to revisit bill on devolution of power which did not sail through during voting at the Senate and House of Representatives with a view to address the ongoing agitation for restructuring. National President of Afizere Cultural and Community Development, Luka Madaki, applauded Hon. Pwajok for quality representation, and urged him to always defend the interest of Plateau State at the National Assembly. Pwajok who is chairman House Committee on Human Right, explained the reason behind the immunity bill passed for legislature, saying it does not protect legislators on criminal and human right violation. He said the Immunity bill for Legislators was initiated to enable members of the National and States Assembly express their views freely during plenary devoid of litigations and harassment. “The bill that provides immunity for legislature was passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives during the constitutional amendment to protect legislators from certain utterances during plenary but does not protect any legislator against criminal offences. “It is only the President and Governors that cannot be dragged to court for criminal offences because of the respect for the office but any legislator who commit crime or violate human right of an individual would be arrested and prosecuted in line with the law.” Hon. Pwajok who gave vivid explanation of how the Senate and House of Representatives voted during the constitutional amendment, was worried that the bill on devolution of power did not sail through during voting at the Senate and House of Representatives. Pwajok added that the National Assembly have to revisit the bill on devolution of power in the next constitutional amendment to address public out cry for marginalization from different regions of the country. He said the bill on independent candidature which requires the endorsement of States Houses of Assembly will strengthen internal democracy in the political system as individuals will be given the constitutional backing to contest election where there is injustice and imposition during party primaries.

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