Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, legislators in Edo State House of Assembly have passed a resolution directing Mr. Lucky James, the state Commissioner for Local Government, to release allocations meant for local government councils to pay workers’ salaries.
Mr. Festus Ebea, the Deputy Speaker, is the leader of the PDP-led faction in the House.
The minority PDP legislators hold their plenary in the Assembly complex, while the majority All Progressives Congress, APC, legislators sit at the Old Assembly complex in Government House.
The resolution was passed yesterday in Benin following a motion under matters of urgent public importance moved by Mr. Emmanuel Okoduwa (PDP Esan North-East).
Moving the motion, Okoduwa said that workers in five local government areas in the state were currently on strike due to the inability of their chairmen to pay staff salaries.
He listed the affected councils to include Orhionmwon, Ikpoba Okha, Oredo, Egor and Esan North-East local government areas.
He said: “It is unfortunate that for two months now, some local government workers have not been paid their salaries. It is also sad that taxes have been deducted from the salaries of workers who have not been paid.”
Okoduwa recalled that the Assembly had passed a resolution calling on the Commissioner for Local Government and the 18 council chairmen to furnish the House with all their receipts from Federal Allocation.
Other lawmakers who spoke on the motion, called on the commissioner to return all monies deducted illegally from Federal Allocation accruing to the councils to enable them pay salaries.
The PDP legislators also passed a resolution calling on Governor Adams Oshiomhole to desist from polarising the Assembly by harbouring some legislators in Government House.
The resolution was passed following a motion moved by Mr. Emmanuel Okoduwa, (PDP Esan North East).
The PDP lawmakers observed that it was shameful that a part of the legislature had collapsed.
They contended that the move was an attempt by the governor to run a parliamentary system of government in a democracy.