The Rivers State House of Assembly has suspended three caretaker committee chairmen over allegations of financial impropriety and issue of insecurity in their councils.
The suspension took place on the 11th of May during a sitting presided by the Deputy Speaker, Leyii Kwanee.
The suspended caretaker committee chairmen include Mr Cassidy Ikegbedi, Ahoada East; Mr Ojukaye Amachree, Asari Toru, and Mr Derrick Mene for Khana Local Government Area.
A committee was set up to investigate the allegations against the council chairmen and the House also summoned nine commissioners and four heads of ministries, agencies and departments to appear before it today, 12th of may.
Kwanii revealed that the Assembly made this decision to get clarification from some of the commissioners on the economic position of the state;
“As an arm of government, we are not out to witch-hunt the executive. We are out to strengthen things. You are aware that the seventh Assembly is gradually coming to an end. We have been seeing a lot of conflicting reports. The other day, the Commissioner for Information, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, was on air saying that civil servants have been paid up to March. So, we feel very embarrassed as an arm of government,” he said.
Those to appear before the lawmakers include the Commissioners for Finance, Agriculture, Power, Health, Tourism, Information, Budget, Works and Transport.
Others to also appear are the Accountant-General, Chairmen of Board of Internal Revenue, Rivers State Assembly Service Commission and Secondary School Management Board.
The Deputy Leader of the House, Nname Ewor, representing Ahoada East Constituency 1 in two motions he presented before the House, had expressed concern over the conflicting reports on the economy of the state.