By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”THE newly elected House of Assembly member for Akoko Edo constituency 1 of Edo state, Mr Kabiru Adjoto, was yesterday sworn in by the Speaker, Mr Zakawanu Garuba.
This comes as the Speaker directed chairmen of the 18 local government councils in the state to brief the House of their activities, saying that the directive was in line with the Local Government Amendment law which gave the House the power to oversee the activities of the councils.
It would be recalled that Adjoto emerged as the member representing Akoko Edo constituency 1, after he defeated the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Anslem Agbabi, in the re-run election held last August in the area.
Swearing in Adjoto yesterday, Speaker Zakawanu urged him to be a good representative of his people.
His election gives the PDP 13 members in the House, while AC now has 11 in the 24-member House of Assembly.
Meanwhile, the speaker has urged the 18 council chairmen in the state to submit 30 copies of their briefs to the House, warning that the House would not hesitate to take disciplinary action against any chairman that failed to comply with the directive.
The House also received a petition from One Love Foundation, a None Governmental Organization (NGO), which called on the lawmakers to prevail on the state government to make public the report of the Asset Verification Committee which was set up by Governor Adams Oshiomhole shortly after he assumed office in November 2008.
The petitioner wondered why the report of the committee is yet to be made public after the state government expended so much money on the committee.
The committee was meant to ascertain the assets and liabilities of the state government during the tenure of Professor Oserhiemen Osunborâ€™s administration.