The Edo State House of Assembly has inaugurated seventeen committees which it said is for the smooth running of the affairs of the state.

The House also received two petitions over alleged withdrawal of the salaries and entitlements of elected councillors in the 18 local government areas and the Vice chairman of Owan West.

The salaries were stopped over their refusal to defect to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, with outgoing Edo state Governor, Godwin Obaseki.

On the petition from office of the vice chairman of Owan East Local Government the house it referred to the House committee on Public Petitions to investigate and report back in two weeks.

Sitting actually commenced after members held an executive session and condemned the continued siege on the House of Assembly complex by hoodlums.

They said the development has propelled the Edo Assembly holding plenary in a rented hall.
Rt. Hon Victor Edoror while setting up the 17 committees said they were necessary to help the good governance in the state.

The member representing Uhunmwonde constituency, Hon Washington Osifo on matters of urgent public importance alleged that there are plots to attack the members and inflict body injuries one them.

“Mr Speaker, similar information got to us on June 18 last year and we ignored it because we thought these were our party members and they cannot harm us, but few hours after, we were attacked by thugs led by the CSO to the governor.

“The information available to us Mr. Speaker, is that these same people are planning to again attack us and we must not take this for granted again,” he said.

The Speaker, in his reaction condemned the plot adding “ democracy is a game of numbers and we have absolute majority. We call on our colleagues to trace their steps back and join us”

Edoror also said the Clerk of the House who he alleged has been aiding seven lawmakers to meet has been suspended and would be investigated.

Meanwhile the Edo Assembly has adjourned sitting to Tuesday, August 25th.

By Editor

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