The Delta State House of Assembly has suspended the immediate past speaker of the Assembly, Monday Igbuya.
Igbuya was suspended over allegations of financial recklessness during his tenure as speaker.
His suspension followed a motion, under matters of urgent public importance, by the Majority Leader of the Assembly, Tim Owhefere.
The motion was seconded by a member representing Ughelli South, Rueben Izeze, and unanimously adopted by the House during plenary on Wednesday.
In addition to the suspension, the Assembly set up a three-member ad hoc committee to review the preliminary report of a committee earlier set up by the Assembly in October 2017 to investigate the matter.
The committee had submitted the report in February this year.
Igbuya’s suspension, according to the motion, is to enable the ad hoc committee to carry out its assignment without interference.
The ad hoc committee is expected to complete its review and report back to the assembly on October 8, 2018.
Igbuya had been impeached as Speaker of the Assembly in May 2017 over alleged abuse of office and highhandedness.
The lawmaker representing Okpe state constituency, Sheriff Oborevwori, was elected and sworn in as the Speaker and holds the position till date.
Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa says salaries owed local government workers is attributed to their unique salary structure and large number of staff.
According to Governor Okowa, it is only in Delta State that some local government councils have the same salary structure with the state and federal government.
Expressing sympathy, he explained that staff of the third tier of government were suffering in the state as a result of salary arrears and noted that apart from the salary structure, some local government councils have more than 700 persons as their staff strength.
He was speaking at Issele-Uku, Aniocha North Local Government Area of the state during an electoral victory celebration and empowerment programme of the member representing the area in the Delta State House of Assembly.
Giving assurance that his administration would not encourage the sack of workers because of recession ravaging the country, Governor Okowa disclosed that the councils have adopted an approach where only verified staff and “those who come to work” are paid.
He also used the occasion to reiterate his administration’s commitment to equitable distribution of projects in the state, asserting, “We are doing a lot across the state and Deltans in Central, South and North know that I am not discriminating.
“Despite the tough time, we are doing a lot because God has given us the wisdom to utilize what we have to the benefits of our people. I am confident that our revenue will improve in 2017 and we will increase the tempo of what we are doing in the state,” the Governor said.
The Senator representing Delta North, Peter Nwaoboshi; Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Monday Igbuya, among others who spoke at the occasion commended the ingenuity of Governor Okowa and acknowledged his effective management of the resources of the state to the benefits of the people.
Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has urged community stakeholders particularly traditional institutions to engage in peace building in their areas for development to thrive.
He made the call at Orerokpe in Okpe Local Government Area during the grand finale of the 10th Coronation Anniversary celebration of Okpe monarch, His Royal Majesty Orhue 1, Orodje of Okpe kingdom.
Governor Okowa said that only a peaceful environment would bring development and investment to the society.
He emphasized the need for traditional institutions to partner with government to ensure peace and security in their domains and the state at large so that investment and development would thrive.
“I want to urge all stakeholders to join hands in ensuring peace and security in our various communities. Today the Okpe kingdom has been relatively peaceful in the last one and half years and this has secured oil activities in this axis,” he said.
He appealed to the youths in the various communities to desist from pipeline vandalism as this has impacted negatively on communities and the state and has also hampered meaningful development in the various oil bearing areas.
“Deltans have suffered enough of pipeline vandalism, we should give peace a chance, it has impacted on us negatively and I think we must desist from it” Governor Okowa maintained.
He thanked the Okpe people for supporting their royal father to maintain the peace in their community and secure the oil facilities in this area.
The Delta State Deputy Governor, Kingsley Otuaro, Delta State House of Assembly members led by the Speaker, Monday Igbuya, as well as former military administrator, Waiter Feghabor, were among the dignitaries at the event.