By: Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
Worried by the crisis trailing the Kogi State Civil Service Staff Audit exercise,the State House of Assembly has summoned some key government officials to appear and explain the issue of the lingering screening exercise of workers between 2016 till date.
Prior to the present invitation,the House had invited the Acting Head of Service, State Accountant General, Chairman State Universal Basic Education Board, and the Commissioner for Finance to the Assembly on 1st August 2017 before it was invaded by suspected thugs.
Moving the motion, Ahmed Mohammed (APC Ankpa 1) appealed to the house to approve 24th August, 2017 for the above officials to appear noting that it is long over due.
Seconding the motion, Bello Hassan Abdullahi (APC Ajaokuta) maintained that it was pertinent for the course of good administration of the state
In his rulings, speaker Prince Mathew Kolawole while sustaining the motion, drew the attention of the lawmakers on a publication credited to an online media that the house has stopped the invitation of officials.
According to him, such publication is mischievous and lacks credibility.
It would be recalled that despite conclusion of the screening exercise in February , many workers and pensioner still claimed not to have received their salaries.
In another development, the Kogi state House of Assembly has directed the state ministry of health to investigate the root cause of the killer disease outbreak in Yagba West Local Government to prevent its spread to other parts.
This followed a motion of urgent public importance moved by the member representing yagba west constituency Oluwatoyin Lawal.
Lawal said it was worrisome that the the exact cause of the disease was yet to be ascertained.
Seconding the motion Friday Ali (PDP Ofu Constituency) said the State Government needs to act decisively to stop the spread of the disease.
Members while supporting the motion agreed that the state government action so far was commendable but needed to attend to the issues of its people not only in the urban areas but also the rural areas as the case maybe.
Speaker Prince Mathew Kolawole in his ruling urged the State Government to immediately post some newly recruited health personnel’s to the Isanlu Esa cottage hospital.
He also directed the house committee on health to carryout immediate investigation into the remote and immediate causes of the strange. Ailment in the Yagba West Local Government Area of the State.