By Sunday Iduh
The Benue State House of Assembly on Wednesday at plenary constituted its standing committees with a charge on them by the Speaker, Hon. Titus Uba, to swing into action immediately.
They are Hon. Damian Cheme, Chairman, Rules and Business; Hon. Sugh Abanyi, Chairman, House Services; Hon. Jonathan Agbidyeh, Chairman, Public Petitions, Bills Review and Appraisal; Hon. Ngohemba Agaigbe, Chairman, Public Accounts; Hon. Baba Odeh, Chairman, Judiciary, Ethics and Privileges, Hon. Tertsea Gbiseh, Chairman, Information and Orientation; Hon. Okanga Joseph, Chairman, Health and Human Services and Hon. Terna Achir, Chairman, Water Resources and Environment.
Others are Hon. Geoffrey Agbatse, Chairman, Appointments, Public Service and Pension Matters; Hon. William Ortyom, Chairman, Education, Science and Technology; Hon. Peter Enemari, Chairman, Appropriation; Hon. Dominic Ucha, Chairman, Local Government Security and Chieftaincy Affairs; Hon. Jonathan Agbidyeh, Chairman, Women Affairs and Social Development; Hon. Abu Umaru, Chairman, Industry, Trade and Investment; Hon. Kwagh-Kudi Thomas, Chairman, Youths and Sports while Hon. Yagba Victor is in charge of the committee on Rural Development and Cooperatives.
Others include Hon. Terwase Aondoakaa, Chairman, Agriculture and Natural Resources; Hon. Michael Audu, Chairman, Works, Transport and Energy; Hon. Bunde Torkuma, Chairman, Lands and Survey; Hon. Jacob Orban, Chairman, Culture and Tourism; Hon. Ogbu Otumala, Chairman, Housing and Urban Development; Hon. Anthony Agom, Chairman, Electoral Matters and Civil Society Organizations; Hon. Abbas Akoso, Chairman, Finance and Hon. Agnes Uloko, is to chair the committee on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Donor Agencies.
Meanwhile the Benue state House of Assembly has appealed to the state government to investigate the remote and immediate cause of crisis between the Abugbe and Okokolo communities of Agatu Local Government in order to forestall future occurrence and called on the relevant security agencies deployed to the affected areas to consolidate effort to secure the area and halt spread of the crisis to other areas as well as request the police and Department of state service to investigate, identify and bring the culprits to justice to serve as deterrent, adding that traditional rulers of the two communities be questioned with appropriate sanctions melted out where found wanting.
The assembly took the decision following a motion of urgent public importance moved by member representing Agatu constituency, Hon. Godwin Edoh who is also the Deputy Majority Leader calling on Benue State Government to resolve the crisis between Abugbe and Okokolo communities in Agatu Local Government Area.
The House equally urged the two communities to immediately lay down their arms and embrace peace, dialogue and other viable alternative method of dispute resolution as well as adhere strictly to the solution being proffered by government to amicably resolve the dispute.
The Member representing Apa Constituency, Hon. Abu Umaru who seconded the motion described the attack which led to the loss of lives and property as painful and suggested the establishment of a police mobile unit in the area.
Contributing, the Deputy speaker, Hon. Christopher Adaji advised the people of Agatu to unite and fight their external enemy, saying the people of Agatu has had their fair share of crisis by herdsmen which killed many people.
On their parts, the Majority Leader, Hon. Damian Cheme and member representing Otukpo Akpa, Hon. Baba Ode described the act as shameful, stating that the people of the area should use their strength on positive issues instead of carrying arms against themselves.
In his ruling, the Speaker of the House, Hon. Titus Uba condemned the action of the people, adding that it did not portray the good image of the state at this critical time when herdsmen attacks is on the front burners.