Imo Assembly never passed bill for Islamic University – Ihim…Says: House formed quorum at sitting.

The Imo state House of Assembly has debunked the report that it passed any bill for the establishment of an Islamic University, instead the House passed bills for the establishment of Chosen University and Bishop Shanahan Polytechnics among other people – oriented bills passed.
A news release signed by Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker, IMHA Rt. Honourable Acho Ihim says the House passed ‘a bill for a law to establish schools of nursing and midwifery owned by Faith – based organizations and other private establishments in Imo state’.
According to the statement, decision of the House to pass the bill for establishing schools of nursing and midwifery owned by Faith – based organizations and other private establishments in Imo state was because the House had earlier passed into law a similar bill to establish Imo Catholic Schools of Nursing and midwifery, which gave rise to various Churches or Christian denominations to seek approval for government recognition for their schools of Nursing and Midwifery.
In view of the multiplicity of Churches therefore, the constitutional right of freedom of religion/worship, the House decided to make a single law that can accommodate all other Christian Faith – based institutions for the establishment of their schools of nursing and midwifery once they met the stipulated criteria instead of making one law for each Christian faith based school of nursing and midwifery each time they come.
The statement further described as mendacious the report by some armchair Editors who she said falsely alleged that the House passed N276bn appropriation budget with only seven (7) members in attendance.
According to the statement, Imo state House of Assembly formed the required one third quorum before commencement of the day’s sitting with more members even coming in later to join others. “The constitutional one third of all the 27 members of the House quorum for IMHA is for all intents and purposes above the ridiculous seven reported by the erring local tabloid.”
The House therefore enjoined editors to always cross check their facts with the Chief Press Secretary before going to bed to avoid embarrassing the House and misleading the public with false information.

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