BY TONY eDIKE
…urges Chime to reconstitute 57 LCDAs
ENUGU – THE Enugu State House of Assembly, yesterday, passed a resolution urging the state government to set up a panel of inquiry to look into the recent attack on Iga community in Uzo-Uwani local government area by yet-to-be-identified soldiers where one Oyibo Obiora was killed.
The lawmakers also in another motion urged Governor Sullivan Chime to reconstitute and appoint personnel to handle the administration of the Local Government Development centres in line with the Enugu State law which created the centres.
In a unanimous resolution of the House following a motion sponsored by John Ukuta representing Uzo-Uwani constituency, the assembly condemned the attack on the community and requested the General Officer Commanding, GOC, 82 Division of the Nigeria Army, Enugu, to fish out the soldiers alleged to have been involved in the attack for prosecution.
Ukuta who described the June 8 attack as a “brutal show of force”, narrated how a group of soldiers accompanied by some members of vigilante group from Umueje, a neighbouring community in Ayamelum Local Government Area of Anambra State, attacked the community without provocation.
He lamented that the attack led to the killing of 21-year-old Obiora and urged the State Commissioner of Police to initiate a full scale investigation towards the prosecution of all those found to be involved in the incident.
The House called on the security agencies to establish who gave the order for the attack and to also find out their possible collaborators just as they directed the local government chairman of Uzo-Uwani, Mr. Cornel Onwubuya to provide all necessary logistics to facilitate investigations.
Speaking with newsmen after the sitting of the House yesterday, the Uzo-Uwani council chairman, Mr. Onwubuya, condemned the attack on Iga community, saying it was an act of provocation which could lead to a major feud in the area, if not immediately nipped in the bud.
Meanwhile, the House has adopted a motion urging Governor Sullivan Chime to reconstitute the 57 development area committees in the state’s local government system.
The lawmakers also directed the commissioner for local government to follow up the motion to ensure its implementation.
The motion, sponsored by Dr Emeka Ogbuabor (PDP-Isi-Uzo), and co-sponsored by 19 other legislators, noted that the law establishing development centers demanded that the tenure of local government chairmen run alongside that of the committees.
Ogbuabor said the committees had in the past executed the roles assigned to them effectively. “They helped the state to identify priority projects and encouraged various interest groups to execute viable programmes that contributed to the transformation of their localities. It is a veritable platform for leadership training, a spring board for breeding new council chairmen, and for politically empowering 399 persons as development committee members,” he said.
He called on the government to maintain its leading role in effective local government system by sustaining the development areas.
Supporting the motion, the Leader of the assembly, Mr Sunday Ude-Okoye, said the reconstitution of the committees was necessary as the structures had become homes for hoodlums to carry out their criminal activities.
He said the ‘Visit Every Community’ policy of the state government was made active by the administrative committees, adding that it was easier to reach the communities through them than the local government chairmen.
Mr Abel Chukwu (PDP-Aninri), noted that the reconstitution was long over-due, claiming that the local governments were already receiving the allocation that should be used in the running of the areas.
Mr Ikechukwu Ezeugwu (PDP-Udenu), said the motion demonstrated the synergy between the legislature and the executive and reminded the government of its responsibility.
Ruling, the Speaker, Mr Eugene Odo, commended the sponsors of the motion, pointing out that the economic and political activities in the areas have been stalled for six months.
He requested the assembly committee on local government to liaise with the commissioner for local government to ensure response by the relevant government agencies.