EBOJELE AKHERE PATRICK, Benin
The Edo House of Assembly on Monday passed a resolution granting the state Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole access to the Federal Government bailout funds for states.
This follows a house resolution by the lawmakers at a sitting in Benin which is aimed at helping the state to access the bailout fund from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to pay the salary arrears of the 18 local government council workers in the state.
The resolution was sequel to a request letter sent to the house by the state governor requesting for approval to access the bailout fund from the CBN to pay the N3.167 billion outstanding salary arrears of the 18 local government workers.
According to the letter, the approval of the house would enable state governor to negotiate and conclude all arrangement to access the fund.
Considering the request, the Majority leader, Foly Ogedengbe said the inability of the local government councils to pay its workers in face of financial challenges has necessitated the request.
Mr Osiagbove Iyoha, member representing Oredo East appealed to local government chairmen in the state to be prudent with the resources at their disposal.
Iyoha urged the house committee on local government and chieftaincy to monitor funds released to the local with a view to reduce financial recklessness.
Also, a bill for a law to make provision for the establishment of a commission for persons with disabilities in Edo state scaled second reading on the floor of the house.
Leading the debate for the establishment of the commission, the Majority leader, Foly Ogedengbe said the bill if passed seeks to secure and protect persons with disability.
“We have discovered that persons with disabilities are often discriminated against in the society.
“This bill if passed will address inequality and create employment for them,” he said.
The speaker, Victor Edoror, therefore directed the bill to house committee on women affairs and social development.