Edo House of Assembly yesterday approved Governor Adams Oshiomhole’s request to access the bailout fund from the Federal Government with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.
The money is meant to empower the state government to beef-up its dwindling finances and pay outstanding salaries of public servants in the state.
Governor Oshiomhole was however silent on the amount the state received from the Federal Government’s largesse.
The resolution of the Assembly was sequel to the governor’s letter written to the lawmakers where he requested for approval to access the bailout funds and pay the N3.167billion outstanding salary arrears of the local government workers in the 18 councils of the state.
According to the letter, the approval of the House would enable the state governor to negotiate and conclude arrangement to access the funds.
House Majority Leader, Hon. Foly Ogedengbe, who said the inability of the local government councils to pay their workers in face of financial challenges, necessitated the request and urged his colleagues to approve the money.
Also, Hon. Osiagbove Iyoha, All Progressives Congress, APC member representing Oredo East, appealed to local government chairmen in the state to be prudent with the resources at their disposal, especially the bailout funds when disbursed to them.
Iyoha charged the House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs to monitor funds released to the councils with a view to reducing financial recklessness at the grassroots.
Meanwhile, the Assembly’s consideration of a bill for a law to make provision for the establishment of a commission for persons with disabilities in Edo State has scaled second reading.
Leading the debate for the establishment of the commission, Ogedengbe said the bill passed seeks to secure and protect persons with disability.
“We have discovered that persons with disabilities are often discriminated against in the society. This bill if passed will address inequality and create employment for them,” he said.
The Speaker, Victor Edoror, thereafter referred the bill to the House Committee on Women Affairs and Social Development.

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