BENIN CITY – Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo will on Tuesday, November 10 present the year 2021 proposed appropriation bill to the Edo Assembly for consideration and passage.
The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Marcus Onobun made the announcement during plenary in Benin
Rt. Hon.Onobun urged the lawmakers and staff of the assembly to prepare to receive the governor.
Also, the house gave the revised proposed Supplementary appropriation law 2020 its first reading .
Meanwhile, Members of the Niger Delta Dialogue, led by its coordinator Austin Osakue appealed to the house to revisit the law prohibiting cultism related activities in the state.
Osakue made the call when the group visited the speaker, Rt. Hon.Marcus Onobun in his office in Benin.
Osakue said cult activities had assumed a worrisome dimension in the state adding that some youths have resulted to holding open initiation in various parts of the city.
He noted that the act has become endemic and a prepondering factor for violence in the state.
“On a specific note my speaker, there is the need to control cult activities in the state.
“We are aware that the Sixth Assembly made an attempt at enacting a law to control cult activities in the state.
“We want to appeal to this seventh assembly to revisit the law. We are living in an environment where people believe that they can get away with crime.
“We are also appealing to the house to help restore peace to the state following the hijack of the protest by hoodlums,” he said.
According to him, we contracted a team of researchers from University of Benin to help conduct a research into insecurity in the Niger Delta particularly in Edo.
He noted that the researchers were through with the task and has identified the causes and the endemic areas in the state.
Responding, the speaker, Rt. Hon.Marcus Onobun thanked the group for the visit and added that the report would help the house make informed decisions on ways to curb the menace of cultism in the state.
Rt. Hon. Onobun lamented the hijack of the peaceful protest by hoodlums adding that the youths succeeded in passing their massage.
The speaker noted that there were laws prohibiting cult related activities in the state adding that, the house would ensure that those laws were properly implemented.