Osun State House Of Assembly Reels Out Legislative Target For 2017

osun-house-of-assemblyThe Osun State House of Assembly has resumed legislative activities, with the House reeling out its target for 2017.

As the House resumed on Tuesday after the festive holidays, the Speaker, of the House, Honourable Najeem Salaam, felicitated with the people of the state, saying that the peace and tranquility that prevailed in the state in the previous year were marvelous and desirable.

He requested for the continuity of the two factors which he said had enhanced development in the state.

‘Fine Species’

In a statement by his spokesman, Mr Goke Butika, the Speaker described the people of the state as ‘fine species’ among the tribes of people on earth, asserting that their patience and political sophistication had made the delivery of dividends of democracy from Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration possible.

He acknowledged that 2016 was very challenging because of the economic recession and nose-diving purchasing power which had forced people to endure certain degree of lack.

The Speaker, however, believes that 2016 ended on a promising note, with the government’s part payment of outstanding salaries of the workers.

He said hope rose on modulated salaries and work-in-progress developmental projects in different sites across the state.

Speaker Salaam then rolled out that the New Year resolutions from the parliament in 2017, which he said would be hinged on continuous oversight functions, constitution of democratic governance at the Local Government councils, reformulations of legislative instrument for education and health sectors among others.

He further called for more unalloyed support to the state parliament and the government in general, advising the people to have a common purpose that touches on development of the state irrespective of their political leaning.

“Osun must be seen as our collective patrimony,” he said and wished the residents a Happy New Year.‎

Pollution: Agency Indicts Two Steel Companies In Osun At House Briefing

Climate-Change-polutionThe National Environmental Standard and Regulatory Enforcement Agency (NESREA) says two iron and steel companies operating in Osun State have failed to comply substantially with environmental rules and regulations.

The Zonal Director of the Agency, Mr Adeleke Ajani, indicted the two companies on Tuesday, while addressing the Osun State House of Assembly, following complaints of environmental pollution levelled against the company by some residents of Ife North and Ifelodun Local Government Areas of the state.

Mr Adeleke, who revealed that his Agency had on several occasions written letters of concern to the companies over the harmful effects their operation is having on the environment and the people, said the steel companies had also failed in fulfilling their corporate social responsibilities.

“We are not satisfied with the operations of the two iron and steel companies at Ikirun and Ife. We have written not less than 15 letter of concern to both companies, stating our displeasure with their operations,” he told the lawmakers.

He said no Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was carried out before the establishment of the factories, an action which according to him violates the law.

“The companies were established at their present locations without any Environmental Impact Assessment, which is why they were not issued Environmental Impact Statement.

“NESREA as a regulatory body, is an anti-graft agency and everything we do, we have to take cognisance of the fact that every enforcement action will end in court and so we make sure that we give enough concern letters to the affected establishment,” he explained.

While reacting to the claims of the NESREA’s boss and the complaints of the host communities, the personnel managers of the Ife Steel and Iron Company, Oluwanisola Adeleke, maintained that the emissions coming out of the factory was within the permissible limit.

“We have the best emission control technology in Nigeria. So, I was surprised to see Channels TV crew three weeks ago, about the complaints of the people of the area.

“The technology we have in our facility today is capturing above 85% emission and the world standard is just around 70 to 75%”

They explained that they were mindful of the welfare of the people living in the areas and the environment, claims, which members of the House described as complete lies moulded to mislead the public.

At the end of the plenary, the Speaker of the House, Honourable Najeem Salaam, stated that the state might truly be looking for investors to boost its Internally Generated Revenue, but not at the expense of its citizens.

“In as much as we want industrialists to come to Osun and build industries, we value the lives and well-being of people and under no circumstances will we trade the lives of our people for industrial gains.

“We will deliberate on it and pass our resolution soon,” ‎Honourable Salaam added.

LAUTECH Ownership: Osun Assembly Commends Aregbesola, Ajimobi

LAUTECH, Rauf Aregbesola, Abiola AjimobiOsun State House of Assembly has lauded the governors of Osun and Oyo states, Rauf Aregbesola and Abiola Ajimobi, for the peaceful resolution of the recent controversy about ownership and management of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH).

Speaker of the House, Honourable Najeem Salaam, said the gesture of the two leaders demonstrated that they were living up to the demand of their offices.

The commendation was contained in a statement by the Chairman of the House Committee on Information and Strategy, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye.

The lawmakers noted that conflicts cannot be ruled out in any human settings even among siblings, but allowing conflict to degenerate to crisis is what should be avoided in the future by any good leader.

They added that the resolution would make LAUTECH stronger and meet up with the aspiration of its founding fathers.

The House said that the re-affirmation of the joint ownership of the institution by Oyo and Osun states has shown that the pact of peace, dialogue and tolerance was the way to go rather than any party fanning the ember of discord and violence.

The statement reads in part: “We have always said that Oyo and Osun are creation of law and the constitution and would not do anything that would contravene the same constitution over the joint ownership of LAUTECH.

“LAUTECH is also created by law and unless that law is jointly amended by the two states, none of the two states can arrogate to herself the sole ownership of the institution.

“Those fanning the ember of discord needed to be educated on this and desist from causing disharmony between the two states and their people over the institution.

“It was a privilege that the institution is located in Ogbomosho, Oyo State and that privilege must be properly explored by the host community for economic development.”

Need To Work Together

The lawmakers further tasked the government of the two states to design ways of making the institution to be self-sustaining like other universities.

They said by making such design, it would ease the two states the burden of using their scarce revenue to finance the institution on monthly basis.

The parliament further noted that LAUTECH has created for itself, a name that would continue to place it in the lead among its peers, saying the advantage must be properly utilised.

They said that the management of the institution must strive very hard to maintain the lead that the university has secured.

The Osun lawmakers also stressed the need to work together with their Oyo counterparts on matters of mutual interest rather than be seen as groups working at cross purposes.

They then appealed to the workers of the institution who have been on strike since the commencement of the ownership crisis to return to work in the interest of the students, the host community and the people of the two states.‎

Hope For People With Disability In Osun As Lawmakers Receive Bills

Osun-state-house-of-assembly-billsPeople living with disability and the elderly in Osun State are receiving attention, as the State House of Assembly on Thursday received four Private Member Bills sponsored by one of its members, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, representing Obokun Constituency.

The bills are, Cattle Trading and Grazing Bill 2016; Forestry, Natural and Mineral Resources Development Agency (Establishment) Bill 2016; Mandatory Usage of Standardised Measure and Weight Bill 2016; and Special People’s Bill 2016.

At the plenary, the Speaker, Honourable Najeem Salaam, informed members of the presentation of the bill and read the covering letters to the members.

‘Prevent Frequent Clashes’

According to the letter read by the Speaker, “Cattle Trading and Grazing Bill 2016 is a bill to make provision for the regulation and granting of permit for cattle trading and grazing and the establishment of control posts in the state.”

He added that “the bill, when passed into law, will sanitise the business of cattle trading and grazing, prevent frequent clashes between herders and farm owners, and bring in more revenue to the coffers of the state”.

“The Forestry, Natural and Mineral Resources Development Agency bill will help to protect forestry, natural and mineral resources, as well as make the sub-sector attractive to investors, generate employment opportunities for the citizenry and increase revenue generation for the state”.

Mr Olatunbosun Oyintiloye said he has passion for the elderly, people with disability and special people

Salaam also stressed that the Mandatory Usage of Standardised Measure and Weight Bill, would reset the economy through promotion of equity and encouragement of stability and catalysed economic growth, boost confidence in trade and commerce in the state.

On the Special People’s Bill, the speaker said: “When this bill is passed into law, it would protect and provide special consideration for elderly citizens and people living with disability in the area of welfare, social development, poverty reduction and social security”.

Commending Honourable Oyintiloye for sponsoring four private-member bills, he said “this has portrayed the State Assembly as one that is also working towards making meaningful contributions to the development of the state”.

“I want to assure you that the House will give diligent attention to the bills.”

On why he proposed the bill, Honourable Oyintiloye ‎from Obokun Constituency said passion for the elderly, people with disability and special people moved him to propose the bills.

“The elderly and physically challenged people and the special people have been neglected for too long and they need to be made to belong to the society‎.  Let’s show them that we care,” he stressed.