Bayelsa State House of Assembly has debunked alleged witch-hunt and victimisation of government functionaries in the exercise of its oversight functions.
Konbowei Benson, the speaker, stated this when Anapurere Awoli, Thomas Commander and Ayakeme Massah, commissioners for health, agriculture and natural resources and trade and investments respectively appeared before the House.
Others that appeared alongside them were Abel Ebifewowei, chairman of the state Environmental Sanitation Authority and the leadership of Bayelsa Butchers/Meat Sellers’ Union and Livestock Traders’ Union at Swali and Tombia markets.
The appearance of the health commissioner and director for public health on the floor of house was as a result of a threat of warrant of arrest by the sergeant-at-arms on the directive of the Speaker.
Their invitation to the floor of house followed allegations of some unwholesome practices by the two unions, a statement by the House of Assembly signed by Piriye Kiyaramo, special assistant to the Speaker said.
Benson explained that though the House had a duty to carry out its oversight functions through the relevant House committees, it did not in any manner intend to victimise top government functionaries.
He pointed out that top government functionaries had made a habit of disregarding invitations by the House on flimsy excuses but warned that the legislature would no longer condone such behaviour.
SAMUEL ESE, Yenagoa