The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and the Department of State Services have invited Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki over the crisis in the state House of Assembly.
Nine out of the 24 lawmakers, were inaugurated recently after electing principal officers, with the remaining 15 absent from the ceremony.
The 15 lawmakers in their separate petitions to the IG and DSS on June 20, accused the governor of sponsoring the police-backed thugs, who attacked them while having a meeting at a Benin hotel.
A top member of the APC in the state confirmed to our correspondent on Saturday that the police and the DSS invited Obaseki during the week but he could not make it.
It was learnt that the governor promised to report after returning to country from his trip abroad.
The source said, “The meeting is billed to hold tomorrow (Monday). It will be a joint meeting with the security agencies.”
Our correspondent learnt that the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, or a representative of the National Working Committee of the party might be invited to the meeting.
The National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, said he was not aware of Obaseki’s meeting with the IG and DSS.
However, the APC Vice-Chairman (South-South), Hillard Eta, told our correspondent that efforts were on to resolve the crisis in the Assembly.
Ita said, “I urge all members to give peace a chance in the interest of the state and democracy.”
Bayelsa Assembly Committee on Environment To Curb Unlawful Sand Dredging Activities.
With various complaints and pettitions by communities impacted by the activities of illegal sand dredging and mining in the Bayelsa State, the state House of Assembly has organised a public hearing on a bill to regulate the operations of sand dredging to ensure that the environment is not adversely impacted on.
The bill tagged ” Regulation of Sand Dealing and Dredging Operations Bill 2019″ according to the House Committee on Environment is aimed at gathering inputs from experts, technocrats and the public in order to formulate a people-friendly bill that will serve the best interest of Bayelsans.
The House Committee Chairman on Environment and member representing Nembe Constituency one, Hon. Ebi Ben Ololo noted that the public hearing became necessary on the need to remediate the environment and tackle the challenges posed by sand dredging operations in the state.
” The importance of this bill cannot be overemphasized because it can save lives. You are aware a number of times so many communities and their representatives have sent pettitions to this House, specifically the Chairman House Committee on Environment as per the environmental degradation that has taken place as regards the illegal sand dealing and dredging activities in various communities all around the state”, he said.
“With those number of complains and pettitions we thought it wise to put up a bill to take care of those issues. Most important thing is that we all know that public hearing is a mechanism by which parliamentary Committees obtain information, deal with the information obtained and also exchange views with experts and the public so as to fine-tune whatever bill there is for the public hearing to come up with a top class bill that will be people- friendly and also save lives of the people in Bayelsa”, he added.
” Lots of suggestions, contributions, opinions and interactions have been made as regards this very important bill, like we have assured the representatives of the various groups that we will go back in our committee, look at those very important areas where they have suggested and also fine tune the bill. So that in no distant time we will come up with a very formidable bill that will stand the test of time. That the people will benefit from”, Ololo reassured.
He lauded participants for their insightful contributions and opinions during the public hearing, promising that the Committee would do justice to come up with a bill that would meet the expectations of Bayelsans.
In her contribution, House Chief Whip and member representing Yenagoa Constituency 2, Hon. Ebiowu Koku Obiyai lamented the deliberate connivance between communities and the sand dealers, warning that if nothing is done to regulate the activities of sand dredgers Bayelsa communities will be eroded away.
The House Whip also expressed concerns on the activities of companies carrying out dredging business near bridges and sued a delibrate efforts by all in order to save the bridges from collapse.
By Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa.
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