By Sunday Iduh
As the Benue State House of Assembly (BSHA) resume plenary 2 March after over one month recess, issues up for consideration are pending reports from various standing committees and others matters of public interest.
Some of the reports are the report of House Standing Committee on Education, Science and Technology on the non-payment of salaries to the newly recruited academic staff of Benue State University, Makurdi; Report of House Standing Committee on Health and Human Services on the remote and immediate cause of students’ unrest at the College of Health Technology, Agasha among others.
Before the lawmakers adjourned for the recess, marking the end of the second legislative session, the Speaker, BSHA, Titus Uba listed the achievements of the House in the course of the second session.
According to the Speaker, the House attended to 10 bills, including Bureau of Archives Establishment Bill 2020, 2020 Supplementary Budget and 2021 budget.
He disclosed that six motions were tabled for debate, 13 resolutions and six reports were received from committees with four conclusively debated. Screening of four nominees from Governor Samuel Ortom for appointment as well as one asked parliamentary question and received answer for the smooth conduct of government business.
The implication of the above is that the task before the lawmakers is enormous. As they reconvene for the third sitting of the second legislative session, they will have to tackle pending reports and new ones that are also expected from other committees.
They will also need to do the necessary follow-up on some of the resolutions that were adopted to ensure its implementation such as the one that approved the Directorate system for The Benue Printing and Publishing Corporation (BPPC), Publishers of The Voice newspaper among others.