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Benue Assembly summons information commissioner

09 August 2012, 10:20

Benue - The Benue State House of Assembly on Wednesday summoned the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Conrad Wergba, over his utterances.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the decision followed a motion moved  by  Mr Audu Sule (PDP Agatu Constituency) and  seconded by Mr Ianna Jato, (PDP Katsina-Ala East Constituency).

Sule, who is also the Chairman of the House Committee on Information, told the Assembly that on Aug. 3, the commissioner issued a statement which discredited members of the House. 

According to him,  the statement was aired by the state radio station and also reported by a cross section of the media. 

Sule claimed that the commissioner described the decisions taken by the house as ``self-serving''. 

He added that on Aug. 8, 2012, in a publication titled ``The Alternative'', the commissioner alleged that the state legislators were out to thwart the efforts of the state government. 

He further said that the commissioner also accused the state legislators of  ``arm twisting'' the state government because of their "selfish and pecuniary motives''

The decision to summon the commissioner was based on his comments which, they claimed touched on the integrity the members.   

Supporting the motion, Jato  insisted that the commissioner needed to explain the allegations that they were entitled to over N1million per month and that they were given N10 million as housing allowance, as credited to him in Wednesday's edition of the `The Voice' newspaper.

In their separate contributions, Mr Benjamin Adanyi, Christopher Afaor, Terkimbi Ikyange and Paul Biam alleged that the commissioner misled the people through his comments.

 They lamented that the action was a deliberate ploy to tarnish their reputation.   

Terhemba Chabo, representing Gboko West, said the commissioner was fond of such misdemeanour.

The Speaker of the House, Mr David Iorhemba,  then directed Wergba appear before the Assembly on Thursday, Aug. 9  to defend himself.


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