Edo State House of Assembly today urged the State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki to activate the state’s security architecture to secure the safe release of two pupils of a private school and other persons kidnapped in Igarra Akoko Edo local government area .
The House during plenary also received copies of the 2021 Revised Supplementary appropriation bill sent to it by the state Governor Mr. Godwin Obaseki for consideration and passage.
In his consequential motion, Member Representing Akoko Edo Constituency two Rt. Hon Emmanuel Omoladun Agbaje drew the attention of the members to the worsening security situation in Akoko Edo local government area.
Rt.Hon. Agbaje said the local government is under siege of criminal gangs who recently kidnapped two pupils of gloryland International School Igarra and brutally attack the DPO of Igarra Division.
Other Members who supported the motion including members Representing Akoko Edo Constituency One, Hon.Prince Yekini Idaiye and Deputy Speaker Rt.Hon. Roland Asoro called for an increased security presence in the area as residents can no longer pursue their socio-economic and educational activities
The Speaker Rt.Hon. Amb Marcus Onobun, thereafter directed the Clerk of the House Alh. Yahaya Omogbai Audu to forward clean copies of the resolutions to the state government and relevant security agencies.
Also, the House during plenary considered the request by Gov. Obaseki for legislative approval of a loan facility of #18.7billiin naira for the State Government to be sourced from the Central Bank of Nigeria.
The development was sequel to the application by the Nigeria Governors Forum for bridging finance of over #600 billion naira approved by President Muhammadu Buhari to help the 36 states cushion the effect of the repayment of the existing Federal Government Intervention facilities.
Each of the thirty Six-States is to receive #18.7 billion naira with a repayment period of 336 months after a moratorium period of 24 months.
The disbursement to the benefitting States is expected to be made in six tranches.
Majority Leader Rt.Hon. Henry Okhuarobo and Deputy Whip Hon. Ephraim Aluebhosele appealed to colleagues to study and consider the proposal at it is tied to different areas of development in the State including workers welfare.
The Speaker, Rt.Hon. Marcus Onobun commended Governor Obaseki for being the first to send the proposal for the facility to the State Assembly for consideration while urging members to give the request the desired approval.
The House celebrated a former Speaker and member representing Esan North East Constituency One(1) Rt.Hon. Francis Okiye on his birthday and his immense contributions to the State and the country.
The plenary thereafter adjourned to the 8th, November 2021 after motion moved by Hon. Sunny Ojiezele and seconded by Hon. Nosayaba Okunbor.