Kogi Assembly Carpets Austin Okai, Petition Police, DSS to investigate his allegations.

The Kogi State House of Assembly today through a motion of Matter of Urgent Public Importance moved by Hon. Haruna Idoko Musa, member representing Idah State Constituency, seconded by Hon. (Alh.) Sani Kekere, member representing Okehi State Constituency calling on the house to investigate the allegations, one Mr Austin Okai levelled against the sixth assembly, relating that he woke up recently to read the story from social media platforms that the House has approved 10 billion naira loan for the state government.

He said to the best of his knowledge as a committed and punctual member of the assembly, he is not aware of any loan request by the Executive to the point that the loan has been approved and kick-back to the tune of 200 million naira given to the members.

Hon. Idoko said it is of great concern to him as a member of the sixth assembly to as a matter of urgent public importance for the House to investigate the allegations in order for Kogites and the general public to be appropriately informed of the true position of things on the issue.

While seconding the motion, Hon. Kekere Sani said he cannot deny the fact that he also saw the publication through social media platforms, noting that he was shocked to read such malicious publication.

According to him, despite his being away to the holy land on pilgrimage, he is abreast of the happenings in the assembly, stressing that the allegations need to be thoroughly investigated to uncover the truth on the matter.
He said the author need to come forward with facts to prove his allegations against the house.

While supporting the motion, Hon. Jimoh Musa Omiata, member representing Yagba East State Constituency said he was also shocked to read the publication on the social media platforms, noting that at no time did the sixth assembly under the leadership of Rt. Hon. Matthew Kolawole as Speaker receive such request let alone approving the same.

He said a committee should be set up to summon the author of the publication to appear and defend the allegations with facts available to him that such loan were truly approved by the assembly.

Ruling on the motion, the Honourable Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Matthew Kolawole said he was the most embarrassed with the publication, considering the number of calls he received based on the malicious and satanic publication orchestrated to cause disaffection among members, the executive and legislature in the state.

He said the author didn’t only accuse the Executive of bribing the members of the assembly; he also alleged the members of taking bribe to the tune of 100 million naira while he claimed that the Speaker absconded with 100 million naira to UK.

The Speaker said he only travelled to the United State of America with the Deputy Speaker to attend the 72nd United Nations General Assembly held in New York.

At the end of the deliberation the house resolved to petition the Nigeria Police and the Department of State Service to investigate his allegations, urging Austin Okai to come with documents to back up his claims.

At plenary today, the member representing Lokoja II State Constituency, Hon. Idris Ndako decamped from his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) bringing the number of APC members to 18 against 7 of the PDP.

The Speaker welcomed him into the fold and commended him for the bold step to join the party at this time, urging him to join hands with other APC members in the house to reposition the party in his constituency.

While at the plenary, Hon. Idris Ndako also raised a motion of Urgent Public Importance calling on the state government to construct a pedestrian bridge at Kogi State Polytechnic, speed breakers from the NNPC mega station down to Nataco junction to reduce the incessant accidents along the Felele area of Abuja – Lokoja road, stressing that despite the road is a federal road it is in the heart of Felele – Lokoja.

He also urged the state government to strengthen the Task Force unit that would be controlling traffic around the area especially on market days. 
The house unanimously adopted the three prayers urging the state government to act immediately in order to reduce the evil occurrence in the area.

It will be recalled that just last week a cement-filled truck failed brake along Felele road killing one student of the polytechnic and three others.

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