PDP legislators in Edo Assembly, have passed a resolution directing
Lucky James, Commissioner for Local Government to release allocations
meant for local government councils to pay workers salaries.
reports that Festus Ebea, 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 APC legislators sat in
The resolution was passed on Tuesday 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 councils in the state
were currently on strike due the inability of their chairmen to pay
He listed the affected councils to include Orihionmwon, Ikpoba Okha, Oredo, Egor and Esan North East local government areas.
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,” he said.
recalled that the assembly had passed a resolution calling on the
Commissioner for Local Government and the 18 local government chairmen
to furnish the house with all the receipts from federal allocation.
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 Gov. Adams Oshiomhole to desist from
polarising the assembly by harbouring some legislators in government
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.
They also called on the governor to stop interfering with legislative activities.
directed that clean copies of the two resolutions be sent to the
governor, commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs.