By Ogbolu George
Politicians no longer troop to Abuja thinking there is bazaar there, says Hon. Osaigbovo Iyoha, representing Oredo East constituency in the Edo State House of Assembly.
Iyoha, who is Chairman, House Committee on Commerce and Industry, stated that Nigeria is in serious hardship due to the fallen price of oil.
The lawmaker was reacting to a report that some legislators elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) were threatening to dump the party over the refusal of the governor to provide good welfare package, especially for the trip to the United States to attend the annual Edo Convention.
Iyoha said the legislators are aware of the lean finances of the state, stressing that they could not have demanded money to travel to the United States for the purpose of attending Edo Convention.
”As far as I am concerned, the governor is not owing us any entitlement. We have been paid as at when due. We know things are difficult at this time in this country. It is not something akin to only Edo.
”There is general hardship in the country due to drop in the price of oil. You no longer go to Abuja think there is a bazaar there.
”We do not expect the governor to secure loans to service a few people. Whenever we vote for the governor to borrow money, we know it is for the good of the state. The governor is not owing us any entitlement.”
”It is not true the governor has refused to release money for overseas trip. If things get better, there is no reason for the governor not to approve for such trip,” he said.