Edo Assembly moves against deplorable motor park in Benin
• PDP decries ‘delayed’ release of certified tribunal ruling
The Edo House of Assembly has summoned the Commissioner for infrastructure, John Inegbedion, to appear before it today and speak on the steps being taken by the state government to make the Benin Central Park conducive for motorists and commuters.
The speaker, Francis Okiye, gave the order yesterday during hearing of the issue brought under matter of urgent public importance by the lawmakers after some commercial motorists within the capital city stormed the legislature to protest against the deplorable condition of the facility.
The House’s Deputy Leader, Marcus Onobun, had told the chamber that the attention of the state government must be drawn to the unenviable state of the park.
He urged its upgrading, just as another member, Roland Asoro, sought the invitation of the commissioner for an elaborative briefing on the issue.
Commercial bus drivers operating at the park had expressed anger over the poor condition of the structure and alleged park exorbitant levies by mangers of the facility.
Their spokesperson, Monday Odion, sought the intervention of the lawmakers in the N1000 daily allegedly imposed on them by the park management.
Okiye, nevertheless, commended the protesters for their orderly conduct, assuring them that their grievances would be addressed.
However, the lawmakers have passed the bill repealing the Bendel State Audit Law No 10 of 1982 to provide for the establishment of Edo State Audit Service Commission and Office of the Auditor General of the State, Local Government and other purposes.
The Assembly considered the 49 sections of the bill and made two amendments before it was given third reading by the clerk of the House, Yahya Umogbai.
The speaker later directed the clerk to forward clean copies of the bill to Governor Godwin Obaseki for his assent.
Meanwhile, the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday decried what it described as the “unwarranted delay in the release of the certified true copy (CTC) of the enrolled order of judgment delivered by the Edo State Election Petition Tribunal on September 8, 2019 in the petition of Hon. Omosede Igbinedion Vs INEC, Dennis Idahosa & APC in the House of Representatives election held on February 323,2019.”
In a statement by the state party publicity secretary, Chris Nehikhare in Benin City, the PDP claimed: “It is a known fact that parties are allowed by law to go on appeal within 21 days of judgment. But our right of appeal is being frustrated by the deliberate delay to avail us with copies of the judgment to enable us file our appeal within time.
“We are informed that APC leaders have boasted that by the time we get the certified copies of the judgment, our lawyers will not have time to file any appeal.”