From Msughshima Andrew, Makurdi
The Benue state House of Assembly, (BSHA) has approved the extension of the suspension period of three local government Chairmen in the state and a deputy local government to three months each.
They include the Chairman Gwer East, Mr Vitalis Uaa, Chairman of Vandeikya, Mr Denis Akura, Chairman of Ogbadibo, Mr James Akula and his deputy, Eugenia Ameh.
The Chairmen were suspended earlier in the year for alleged anti party activities.
The Benue state Governor Samuel Ortom in a letter signed by the Secretary to the State Government, (SSG), Anthony Ijoho, SAN, had appealed to the Assembly to extend their suspension period.
His reasons as contained in the letter to the House was because he (Ortom) has not concluded investigations on allegations submitted against them.
Following a motion moved by a member representing Ukum state constituency, Hon. Paul Biam suspension and seconded by Dr. Adoga Onah, representing Oju state constiruency, the House led by Hon. Titus Uba, said their suspension stands extended for three months each.
The SpeakerUba said suspension of chairman at only done by gov and sent to the state ads boy for ratification
In a related development, the House also approved for the removal of Mr John Ochoga as a member Benue State Judicial Service commission.
The House also approved for the removal of Michael Kuduun as a member of the Benue State Local Government Service Commission.
Their removal followed a letter to the House of Assembly by Governor Samuel Ortom stating that their continuous stay in office no longer in the interests of the Benue state public and therefore unable to discharge their office functions.
The two officers were remove by a motion moved by Deputy Majority Leader, Hon Sule Audu (Agatu State Constituency), seconded by Hon. Paul Biam.
They argued that governor Ortom had the right to nominate any of his appointee for removal especially when it bothers on issues of public interest.
The House also disclosed the nomination new members of the Benue Sate Independent Electoral Commission, (BSIEC) for appointment to replace those removed from office recently.
However, the House noted that the Curriculum Vitea, CVs of the nominees be forwarded tothe House to enable screening of the appointees.