ABIA ASSEMBLY TASKS STATE GOVT ON INSECUITY IN UKWA WEST LGA

REPORTER: UZOMA NWANKWO

The Abia State House of Assembly has passed a resolution calling on the state government to set up a combined team of security operatives to urgently arrest the current security threats in parts of Ukwa West Local government area of the state.

This followed a Matter of Urgent Public Importance brought before the House by the member representing Ukwa West State Constituency, Mr. Godwin Adiele, on the current recurring security challenges in the area attributed to the activities of herdsmen.

The herdsmen, are alleged to have taken over some of their forests and farmlands from where they attack the villages, leading to the killings, abduction and molesting of some of his constituents.

Mr. Adiele, while narrating the traumatic experience of his constituents in recent times, further prayed the house to resolve that the state government release a special security support fund to the Chairman of Ukwa West LGA to take care of the combined security team and for the government to provide financial and other support to affected families, including those who lost their loved ones as a way of bringing succour to them.

After contributions by some members of the House, the Speaker, Chief Chinedum Orji described issues of security of lives and property of citizens as paramount, hence the need to urgently look into it.

During plenary, the House also put on notice, a motion by the Deputy Speaker, Chief Ifeanyi Uchendu, for urgent government intervention in the gully erosion devastating lands in some communities in Ohafia.

The House also went into quasi plenary where it interacted with the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Osuji; the Vice Chancellor Abia State University, Uturu, Professor Onyemachi Ogbulu; and the Medical Director, Abia State University Teaching Hospital, Aba, Dr. Awa Offia on the failure of the Abia State University College of Medicine to gain accreditation during the last accreditation visit by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

Addressing the team, the Speaker, Chief Chinedum Orji, noted that the move by the State House of Assembly was not to witch-hunt anybody but to seek urgent ways of remedying the situation.

The House adjourned sitting plenary until Tuesday, June 28, 2022

EDITED BY CHUKWUBUIKE MADU

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