– Bayelsa House of Assembly has approved state government’s 3 billion loan request to buy cars for legislators and other political post holders
– The decision was made privately by the House and there was no media coverage allowed
– According to the speaker, it was a unanimous decision by all House members
Bayelsa state House of Assembly approved the state government’s 3 billion loan request to acquire cars for legislators and other political post holders.
According to The Punch, the speaker of Bayelsa House of Assembly, Benson Kombowei confirmed this decision to newsmen on Thursday, February 2. Kombowei reportedly said the decision was made at a close door session of the House.
He said: “The sitting lasted for less than 30 minutes and we felt there was no need for media coverage for such a brief session.
“There is a need for the cars; we have been without cars for about two years after our inauguration.
“The same goes for other political appointees who need cars to function effectively and discharge their duties.’’
Benson said that the vehicles would also be purchased for the state`s security outfit – Operation Doo Akpo, which was almost going moribund because of lack of operational vehicles.
Kombowei said the decision to approve the N3 billion car loan request was agreed on by all members of the House and the cars are affordable.
The speaker, however, declined to give further details on the number of cars to be purchased with the loan.
Meanwhile, following the crisis rocking the Ondo state House of Assembly, the police on Monday morning, January 30 shut the Assembly premises.
This was to prevent further altercations between factions loyal to Malachi Coker and Jumoke Akindele who are laying claim to be the Speaker of the House.
Coker’s faction on Friday, January 27, impeached Akindele but she insisted that she remained the Speaker adding that her removal did not meet the constitutional requirements.