ODHA approves 10 Special Advisers; receives 3 bills

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The Ondo State House of Assembly has approved 10 Special Advisers for the state Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN.

The approval was sequel to the letter from the Governor seeking the approval of the House to appoint 10 Special Advisers.

The House unanimously gave approval to the request of the Governor on Wednesday at the plenary sitting  presided over by the Assembly Speaker, Rt. Hon. Bamidele Oleyelogun, after the Governor's letter signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Hon. Ifedayo Abegunde was read on the floor of the House by the Clerk of the Assembly, Mr. Bode Adeyelu.

The House Majority Leader, Hon. Olugbenga Araoyinbo moved the motion to approve the Governor's request and this was seconded by Hon. Sunday Olajide.

Araoyinbo averred that the Advisers would further complement the efforts of the Governor to move the state forward, adding that it is the constitutional right of the governor to make such appointments.

He therefore called on the House to urgently approve the request of the Governor for the business of governance to continue for the benefit of the people and the development of the state..

Also, while seconding the motion, Hon. Olajide stressed that the governor needed competent hands to work with to enable him take the state to the next level, calling on other lawmakers to give the request urgent approval.

The Speaker thereafter put the request to a voice vote which was unanimously supported by all the lawmakers.

Meanwhile, the Governor yesterday also presented three separate bills to the State House of Assembly for their passage into laws.

The three bills which have since passed through the first reading are on the floor of the House; a bill for a law for the prudent management of Ondo state's resources, to ensure longterm macro-economic stability of the state's economy, ensure greater accountability and transparency in fiscal operations within a longterm plan and medium term fiscal policy framework, and the establishment of a fiscal responsibility committee to ensure achievement of the state's economic objectives and other matters connected therewith.

A bill for a law to establish the State Board of Public Procurement and the Bureau of Public Procurement as the regulatory authorities responsible for the monitoring and oversight of public procurement and related matters and a bill for a law to enact the Ondo State Public Finance Management Law.

The Clerk of the House, Mr. Bode Adeyelu read the bills for the first time at the plenary sitting presided over by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Bamidele Oleyelogun.

In a related development, the Assembly has appealed to both the state and federal governments to as a matter of urgency fix some dilapidated roads and collapsed bridges in Akoko area of the state to guarantee the safety of the road users and the residents of the affected towns.

The roads include, Oke-Oka and the two collapsed bridges linking Oba and Ikun Akoko, all in Akoko South-West Local Government Area of the state. The other road which also called for government's urgent attention as mentioned on the floor of the House is Ipele-Ifon/Isua road which belongs to the Federal Government.

The attention of the House was drawn to the dilapidated roads and the collapsed bridges under separate matters of urgent public importance, as raised by Hon. Felemu Gudu-Bankole, representing Akoko South-West State Constituency 2, and Hon. (Dr.) Kaseem Sulaiman, representing Akoko South-West State Constituency 1.

Moving the motion to draw the attention of the House to the two collapsed bridges linking Oba and Ikun, and Ikun to Iwaro/ Ayepe at the plenary sitting yesterday, Hon. Gudu-Bankole said that many accidents had occurred with lives lost due to the bad state of the two bridges.

He also added that due to collapsed bridges, farmers have lost their farm produce as a result of their inability to transport them to town and the market, appealing to government to urgently fix the bridges in the interest of the people in the council area.

Seconding the motion, Hon. Kaseem Sulaiman, observed that the bridges have become death traps to the people of the affected areas including other road users, noting that government must act very fact to save the lives of the people.

Earlier the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Olugbenga Araoyinbo, representing Akoko North-West State Constituency 2, asserted that all Akoko roads including that of his constituency are in bad state and needed government's attention.

On the frequent accident at Oke-Oka hill, Hon. Sulaiman said about 15 lives were lost just in the last one week to the incessant accidents on the road.

He also recalled that a whole family perished on the same Oke-Oka hill two years ago while returning from the convocation of their child at AAUA, appealing to both federal and state governments to come to the aid of, not only the people of council area, but also other road users across the South-West and Nigeria in general and end the road carnage.

Other lawmakers who contributed to the motion are, Hon. Sulaiman Maito, representing Akoko North-West State Constituency 1 and Hon. Ebiwonjumi Sola, representing Okitipupa State Constituency 1.

Deputy Speaker, Iroju Ogundeji, representing Odigbo State Constituency seconded the motion and also called on the federal government to quickly rehabilitate the bad Ipele-Ifon/ Isua road and even make it I dia carriage way to alleviate the suffering of the people.

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Bamidele Oleyelogun, thereafter passed the resolution of the House and called on both the state and federal governments to as a matter of urgency fix the collapsed bridges and as well rehabilitate the damaged roads to ensure safety of lives of the people plying the affected roads.

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