Benue assembly suspends three council chairmen
The Benue State House of Assembly has suspended for three months three local government chairmen for gross misconduct, financial misappropriation and other offences.
Those suspended include chairmen of Ogbadibo local government, Mr James Akola, and his deputy, that of Gwer East LG, Mr Vitalis Ukwar and Vandeikya LG, Mr Dennis Akura.
The approval for their suspension followed a correspondence sent to the House of Assembly by the Benue state Governor Samuel Ortom requesting for the approval for the suspension of the council bosses after investigation.
Moving the motion for the suspension of the chairman of Ogbadibo and his deputy, the deputy speaker, Mr Egli Johnson Ahubi, said he supports the sanctions of the local government officers as their actions contravene the Local Government Law 2007 as amended and as such they should be suspended to serve as deterrent to others.
The member representing Ohimini state constituency, Mr Christopher Adaji seconded the motion
On the approval for the suspension of the Gwer East local government chairman, Mr Vitalis Ukwar, the member representing Konshisha state constituency, Mr Edward Ujege, moved that the Gwer East chairman be suspended.
Seconding the motion, member representing Oju II state constituency, Mr Ire Matthew, said any officer of the local government that handles affairs of the local government with impunity should be dealt with.
He noted further that before now there were several allegations of financial misappropriation against the Gwer East chairman and an adhoc committee was set up by the state assembly to look into the matter but the Gwer East chairman refused to appear before the committee.
The deputy majority leader of the house, Mr Sule Audu, moved the motion for the suspension of the Vandeikya local government chairman, Mr Dennis Akura and the motion was seconded by the member representing Ogbadibo state constituency, Mr Joseph Ojobo.
Members of the house however warned other local government chairmen to sit up and work in the interest of the people as anyone found wanting would be made to face the law.