Benue Assembly constitutes 7-man committee to probe LGAs, as Cameroonians attack Kwande

By Henry Ibya, Makurdi

Benue State House of Assembly has constituted a seven man adhoc committee to look into activities of the 23 local government councils in the state and the Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, BLG&CAs.

The committee which is headed by the Majority Leader, Saater Tiseer, is charged with the responsibility of interacting with the Local Government councils and find out their financial incomes, transactions as well as the challenges they are facing.

Speaker of the Assembly, Rt. Hon. Aondona Dajoh who announced composition of the committee during plenary, welcomed members back from recess to commence the beginning of the first sitting of the second legislative session and charged them to report back to the House within four weeks.

Dajoh urged members to improve on their oversight functions, turn in more reports and engage their constituents more than they did in the first session, noting that the tenth Assembly is poised to leverage on the foundation laid by the past legislators with the aim to strengthen democracy.

The House during the session equally adopted the calendar for the next legislative session from 2024-2025 respectively, spanning a period of 191 days.

The lawmakers called for the deployment of more security agencies to Mbanguter and Mbaigber in Mbakwuekyaa, Kaha-Usar and Mbawer in Kwande Local Government Area to halt further killings and destruction of property in the communities.

The Assembly also directed the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, to ensure that relief materials are supplied to victims affected by the crisis to alleviate their sufferings.

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The resolutions followed a motion of urgent public importance brought before it by member representing Kwande East,Anyor Mato.

Mato had informed the House of tension in the affected communities as fighting in Cameroon has spilled over into Nigeria, alleging that the Undir people of Cameroon attacked Mbanguter in Mbakwuekyaa community in Kwande LGA killing people and destroying property worth millions of naira.

Members equally condemned the abduction of Elder Tavershima Ipusu, uncle to the Majority Chief Whip and member representing Katsina Ala West in the Assembly and called on security agencies to fish out the perpetrators to face the wrath of the law and ensure that the elder statesman is freed unhurt.

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