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Five-man Assembly Holds Plenary In Kogi

Posted: Mar 3, 2016 at 5:41 am   /   by   /   comments (1)

Atabor Julius, Lokoja

Five members of the faction loyal to Hon. Umar Iman, the purported Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, snubbed the mediation process initiated by members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday when they conducted their first ‘plenary’ inside the chambers of the House of Assembly Complex, Lokoja.

The initial five-man ‘House’ took its first legislative step by inaugurating three new members who won their elections at the February 22, 2016, re-run and two other members who defected from the MomohJimoh camp to join the Imam camp.

The lawmakers also elected two other principal officials; with Kekere Abdulkareem (Okehi 1) elected Deputy Speaker and Idoko Moses as Minority Whip; the nominations for the two positions were proposed by Friday Sani (Igalamela Odolu) and Lawi Ahmed (Okene 1), respectively.

Speaking at the commencement of the sitting, Imam said that the plenary sitting in the chamber was a confirmation that peace has been restored to the House following intervention by stakeholders within and outside the state.

“I thank God, Almighty for His intervention and restoration of peace to the State Assembly. Our profound appreciation goes to His Excellency, Yahaya Bello, the Executive Governor of Kogi State, and other prominent citizens of the state for using their time and good offices to intervene in the crises that rocked the House,” Imam said.

Imam, while eulogising his colleagues, said he would not betray their trust in him: ” We cannot afford to let our people down; time waits for none of us, when eight of the 48 months of our sojourn here are spent stilling the tides.

“These months should have been counted in reckoning the successes of our first year anniversary. The events of the past few weeks should guide us in charting a new way forward and in fast-tracking our respective achievements. We must, therefore, forgive one another and work as a team.

“The state is anxiously waiting for us to move forward on its financial programmes and activities; efforts, on our part, should be geared towards speedy consideration of all legislative businesses pending before the House, particularly the Appropriation Bill.

He, therefore, called on the governor to find a means of using biometric attendance to end the issue of ghost workers bedeviling the state, stressing that the ongoing effort of government in engaging a consultant to  carry out the verification exercise would be worthwhile if it would expose those that bled the state.

The 10 members who sat at plenary were Kekere Abdulkareem; Idoko Moses; Friday Makama; Bello Balogun; Lawi Ahmed; Umar Imam; John Abah; Hassan Baiwa; Ahmed Mohammed and Adoke.