By Sunday Iduh
The Benue State House of Assembly last Friday held a valedictory session in honour of three former deceased members.
They are former Deputy Speaker, Omaba Ogbo who represented Akpa/Oglewu and Otukpo State Constituency in the second republic, Maria Aikulola for Okpokwu Constituency in the fourth and fifth Assembly and Odeh Obande who represented Ito Constituency in the first Assembly.
In a funeral oration, the Speaker, Hon. Titus Uba, described the valedictory session as historic, saying the Assembly was bidding farewell to three dead former colleagues who had contribute in making effective law for the the development of the State
Hon. Uba said that as they bid farewell to the former deceased colleagues, members should be consoled by their achievements, stressing that it should challenge them to offer higher service to the people of the state and wished families of the departed the fortitude to bear the loss.
In an oration on behalf of the people of Benue South Senatorial District, Deputy Speaker, Hon. Egli Ahubi; member representing Ukum, Hon. Paul Biam for Benue North East and the Majority Leader, Hon. Avine Agbom for Benue North West decried the frequent death of former assembly members in the state and stressed the need for the executive to collaborate with the Assembly to ensure that adequate attention is given to the welfare of former members for better living.
Commenting, Chairman, Forum of Former Legislators in Benue State, Hon. Sylvester Atachin, stated that the three deceased members served the state meritoriously, saying their wise counsel as pillars of the forum would be greatly missed and appealed to government and serving members of the Assembly to take their welfare seriously in order to avert many deaths of their members.
Responding, representatives of the families Charles Ogbo, Emmanuel Aikulola and Chief Ode Obagi expressed their appreciation to the leadership and members of the Assembly for the honour accorded their loved ones.
A minute silence was observed in honour of the deceased former members of the Assembly.
The speaker led the Deputy Governor, Engr. Benson Abounu, serving and former members in paying their last respects to the portraits of the fallen members.