The Benue State House of Assembly, was today divided over the passage of the controversial chieftaincy bill which was.presented for passage alongside the Benue
Internal Revenue Service (BIRS) Amendment bill and the blanket confirmation of Local Government Committee members sent to it by the state governor and read by the House’ majority leader, Hon. Paul Biam. The motion was seconded by Mr. David Iorhemba.
However in a swift reaction, Hon. Benjamin Adanyi moved a counter motion calling on the house to jettison the order paper, stating that all the issues to be considered were not made known to other members of Rule and Business Committee.
Adanyi lamented that Biam who is the chairman of the committee and House Majority Leader did not discuss with any of the members of the committee before slating the issues for debate.
He cited an instance that confirmation hearing of caretaker committees of Local Government Councils was slated for consideration but their Resumes were not circulated to them.
The counter motion was seconded by Mr. James Ochojila, stressing that members ought to have the resumes of the nominees with them to enable them have informed knowledge on their persons and take a firm decision about them.
Ruling, the speaker, Mr. Terhile Ayua, assured the members that he would wade into the matter to avert further recurrence.
Ayua further said that the order paper had been considered halfway, stressing that prayer, adoption of votes. And proceedings and announcement were already considered so it would not be good to jettison it.
He therefore ruled in favour of the motion calling for the dissolution of the house into the committee of the whole for the purpose of considering the items slated on the Order Paper. This ruling angered the opposition members leading to a walk out.