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LG sack: Why we are cautioning Oshiomhole – Reps

By Tordue SALEM, Abuja
The House of Representatives, said yesterday that it will insist on the reversal of the sack of three council chairmen by the Edo State Government, and the alleged un-procedural sack of former Speaker of Edo House of Assembly, Garuba Zakawanu, drawing from its powers under section 4 of the 1999 Constitution to make laws for the good governance of the entire Federation.

Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole had three weeks ago sacked the Chairmen of Oredo, Akoko-Edo and Orhionwhon Local Councils, for alleged misappropriation of funds allocated to their offices for public spending, while the State House of Assembly removed its Speaker in a controversial circumstance.

Though a Motion sponsored on Thursday by Rep. Friday Itulah(PDP/Edo) called for the reversal of the sack, the Governor has insisted he would not “go back on his decision” to boot out the Council Chairmen.

The Motion of the House also mandated the Inspector General of Police and State Security Services, to restore order in the State’s Legislative Assembly until the matters surrounding the removal of the former speaker are politically and judicially resolved.

The Spokesman of the Green Chamber, Rep. Eseme Eyiboh reiterated the position of the House at a press briefing held at the National Assembly Complex, House of Representatives wing.

Mr. Eyiboh who represents Eket Federal Constituency of Akwa Ibom State, in the House, said a Motion passed by the House on the situation in the State was in order as the 1999 Constitution allows the National Assembly to legislate on state matters.

“Regarding the legality of the decisaion we took yesterday, I would want to draw your attention to the fact that section 4 of the 1999 Constitution makes it clear that National Assembly can make laws for the good governance of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and Edo State is not an exception, so we have powers to legislate on issues in that state, and we believe that by doing so, members of the public will see our actions within the realm of good conscience and good governance. Let me say here that the
decision has nothing to do with any interest from anywhere”, he said.

On the Appropriation Bill, the Chairman of the Media Committee disclosed that the National Assembly Committees on Appropriations were working on a new benchmark for the 2010 budget, to offset the 38.3% (N1.5trillion) deficit in the appropriation bill.


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