By Our Correspondent
The Speaker of Cross River State House of Assembly, Hon. John Gaul Lebo has assured councillors in the state of payment of their legislative vote (allowances) which is in arrears.
Hon. Lebo who gave the assurance recently when he received the Abi Legislative Council in his office, said that issues surrounding the payment were being address by the Assembly.
The Speaker stressed on the essence of the Cross State Legislative Institute which he said when established would be used to regularly train councillors in the state for effective service delivery, adding that building capacity of the Local Government legislators would help to enhance governance at the grass root.
He disclosed plans to engage the services of auxiliary teachers in schools which are in dire need of teachers in specific subjects so as to complement existing teachers in Abi schools lacking in this area.
Speaking earlier, the leader of the Abi Legislative House, Hon. Pastor Joshua Akali Igboke who described the Speaker as a ‘square peg in a square hole’, lamented that councillors were been owed legislative vote (allowances) in arrears which according to him was detrimental to the smooth operation of the legislature at the third tier of government.
Hon Igboke urged the Speaker and colleagues to intervene in the matter while pledging the unalloyed support of the Abi Legislative Council to Mr. Speaker and the Cross River State House of Assembly.
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