The Cross Rivers State House of Assembly has constituted an Ad-hoc Committee to look into the causes of crisis in the Borum Oil Palm Estate in Boki Local Government Area of the state.
Our correspondent reports that the Constitution of the Ad-hoc Committee had the leader of the House, Hon Moses U. Ucheche, member, representing Obanliku State Constituency, as Chairman and the entire members of the House were part of the resolution adopted by the House on a matter of urgent public interest brought to the House by member for Bokill, Hon Hillary Bisong on the crisis in the Borum Estate which resulted in the death of one woman.
The resolution urged the ad-hoc committee to meet with all parties involved in the crisis at the oil palm estate including security agencies to determine the immediate and remote causes of the crisis.
It added that all forms of activities in the estate should be suspended pending the outcome of the ad-hoc committee.
Condemning the crisis, members emphasised that the matter has to be properly and immediately handled to avoid escalation.
“As we prepare for the local government and councillorship elections, I urge women not to only participate in the voting aspects but to ensure they are in the race”.
Agaigbe also advised women, who were given various appointments to use their positions to better the lot of women.
The lawmaker lauded women in Benue for the interest they had shown in skills acquisition programmes, saying that the development would empower the women.
Meanwhile, the Cross River State House of Assembly has taken delivery of computer equipment, refrigerators and office furniture from one of its Development Partners, the World Bank.
The items which are meant for use by the two committees in charge of Public Accounting Finance and Appropriation and that of Public Accounts of the Cross River State House of Assembly were presented to the Speaker and other members of the House.
Receiving the items on behalf of the Assembly, the Speaker, Rt Hon. John Gaul Lebo, expressed appreciation to the Development Partners, assuring that the equipment and other furniture would be used judiciously by the benefiting committees to enhance their work.
The State Auditor General, Pastor Chris Nyong who presented the items on behalf of the donors said Development Partners have been very supportive of public finance reforms in Cross River State, adding that the support is always in form of training and office equipment.
He however, maintained that for the House of Assembly which is a lawmaking body, the support is for committees with direct bearing on public accounting.
Friday Nwagbara, Calabar