Delta Assembly Calls Off Protest Adjournment…As Uduaghan Gets Confidence Vote
Huhuonline.com can report that the Delta state House of Assembly has suspended its sine-die (indefinite) recess it embarked upon two weeks ago, to protest the poor state of roads and abandoned projects littering all parts of the state.
The legislators had in a unanimous decision agreed that except the state governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan takes the bull by the horn they will not resume sitting; especially as some of the abandoned roads projects also affected the entrance to the legislative quarters on Okpanam road in Asaba.
Meanwhile, in a rather bizarre twist, at its resumed plenary, Wednesday, some of the members became angry and lambasted the state chairman of Democratic Peoples Party (DPP), Chief Tony Ezeagwu for sponsoring a Vanguard Newspaper full page advert where he praised the sine-die action of the House, alleging mismanagement of the state resources by Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan and urging him to give account of monies received so far from the Federation Account till date.
In a motion moved by Majority Leader of the House and member representing Sapele constituency, Monday Igbuya, and amended by Mr. Daniel Mayuku, representing Warri South West, it called on the House to pass a vote of confidence on Governor Uduaghan for taking the state to what he described as greater heights.
Other members who spoke in favour of the motion include Johnson Erijo (Isoko South II), Dennis Omovie (Warri South II), John Nani (Ethiope West), Mrs. Joan Amaechi Mrakpor (Anioch South) who admitted that indefinite adjournment and eventual publication may have caused a rift between the legislative and executive.
The Speaker of the House, Victor Ochei said the publication was conceived to cause disaffection and disparage the resolutions of the House, warning that the House will no longer tolerate such publications with the motives of pitching the legislative against the executive.
Recall that owing to the House earlier resolution to adjourn indefinitely, Delta State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan had directed all contractors executing projects in the State to mobilise to site within one week or considered such contracts revoked.
Governor Uduaghan had in a terse statement in Asaba by his Chief Press Secretary, Sunny Ogefere, said the rains have subsided and can no longer be excuse for contractors to continue to delay completion of contracts.
The statement reads: 'He warned that contractors who fail to mobilize fully to site and ensure speedy completion of the projects should be prepared to face the wrath of Government.
'Governor Uduaghan gave the directive in compliance with the State House of Assembly's resolution on the complacency of contractors handling some key projects for the State.
'The Governor assured the State Legislators that the executive arm of the Government will continue to collaborate with them to improve the living standard of Deltans through good governance .'