By Sunny Adebija – Kogi
Over fifty people have been killed following an outbreak of a strange illness in Ette, Olamaboro Local Government Area.
The member representing Olamaboro Constituency, Anthony Ujah made this known while moving a motion of urgent public importance on the floor of the house in lokoja.
Mr Ujah who noted that those affected were mostly in the reproductive age of twenty five to forty years, saying the incident had caused untold hardship on the people of the community who were mostly farmers.
According to him, symptoms of the disease include, headache, red eye, inability to urinate, convulsion and continuous stooling.
The lawmaker appealed to the State Ministry of Health to carryout testing of the strange disease in the community to ascertain the remote cause of the deaths.
He also called for the provision of palliative to the people of Ette who could no longer go to farm.
The Speaker, Prince Matthew Kolawole in his ruling directed the Health Ministry to partner with the Federal Ministry of Health to unravel the remote cause of the deaths.
similarly In view of increasing revenue in the state , the kogi state, Governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello has forwarded a request to the Kogi State House of Assembly to approve viament and supplementary budget of over twenty billion naira.
This would bring the twenty twenty budget to over one hundred and twenty two billion naira.
Reading the letter of request on the floor of the house, the Speaker Price Mathew Kolawole said the supplementary budget was important to the economic and well being of the state as such needed to be given the desired attention.
He however directed the House joint committees on Justice and Judiciary and that of Budget and Planning to look into the request and report back to the house in one week for further legislative action.
It would be recalled that due to the impact of covid-nineteen on the economy the kogi state government had reversed its twenty twenty budget from over one hundred and seventy six billion naira to over one hundred and two billion naira.