By Gabriel Enogholase
BENINâ€”EDO State House of Assembly yesterday summonedÂ the Commander of Edo State chapter of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps,Â Mrs Margret Odekeye, to appear before it next week for allegedly converting the state’s employment quota to her Yoruba speaking natives.
Her summons is sequel to a petition received by the legislature on Tuesday in Benin from a law firm and signed by one Philip Ibhagbe-Oko on behalf of the voluntary workers in the defence corps.
They alleged that Mrs Odekeye converted the employment quota meant for Edo natives by employingÂ persons who claimed to have come from Akoko-Edo Local Government AreaÂ of the state.
According to the petition, the voluntary corps members who were recruited sinceÂ 2000 are being paid a token salary of N6, 500.00.per month.
â€œDuring the yearly employment, these voluntary corps members were supposed to be considered and absorbed since they were committed to their duties and used to the nature of the job.
â€œInstead of the commander to recommend people from the state, she decided to fill Edo quota with her people from Yoruba speaking tribes, claiming that they are from Akoko-Edo,â€ the petition alleged.