Ogun Assembly Elects Akeem Balogun As Deputy Speaker

A file photo of the Ogun State House of Assembly complex in Abeokuta, the state capital.

 

The Ogun State House of Assembly on Tuesday elected Mr Akeem Balogun as the new Deputy Speaker of the House unopposed.

Balogun represents Ogun Waterside Local Government Area at the Assembly.

His election which was supervised by the Clerk, Deji Adeyemo, during Tuesday’s plenary followed his nomination by Solomon Osho (Remo North Constituency) and was seconded by Abayomi Fasuwa (Ijebu North East Local Government).

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Before the election was conducted, the clerk had informed the House that the office of the Deputy Speaker was vacant.

He noted that the former deputy speaker was removed with the support of 19 members of the House, saying the action had created a vacuum in the office of the Deputy Speaker.

It would be recalled that the former deputy speaker, Dare Kadiri, from Ijebu North II State Constituency, was impeached over alleged gross misconduct on March 2.

Hoodlums Attack Ogun Assembly, Steal Mace

 

Suspected hoodlums on Thursday attacked Ogun State House of Assembly and carted away the mace.

The Police spokesperson in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

He said the suspected hoodlums in the early hours of Thursday broke into the House Assembly and carted away the mace which the official symbol of authority.

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He, however, said the coat of the arm on the mace has been recovered but the stick is still missing.

He added that investigations have been launched to unravel those who are behind the incident and the motive behind their action.

The assembly building which is located a few metres away from the Governor’s Office complex has however been cordoned by some security agents and journalists upon a visit to the scene were denied access into the complex.

Ogun State To Partake In FG Fertilizer Programme

Ogun State Govt. Advocates Community Service For PrisonersThe Ogun State House of Assembly has acknowledged the receipt of a letter by the State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, seeking authorization for the government to participate in the bulk purchase of fertilizer under the Federal Government’s Special Fertilizer intervention programme to the tune of 4 billion Naira.

The letter, dated February 7, 2017, was read by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Suraju Ishola Adekunbi at the plenary.

Adekunbi said that the Federal Government Special Committee on Fertilizer Intervention Programme, was set up with a view to encouraging local production of soil and crop specific fertilizers.

It was aimed at ensuring availability of fertilizers to Nigerian farmers in good time at affordable prices as well as to resuscitate the local fertilizer manufacturing industry.

“In the light of the programme, all 36 states of the federation have been asked to show their expression of interest and give indication of the quantity and type of fertilizers required by their state.

“The Federal Government of Nigeria Special Committee will then source and provide fertilizers to states at a controlled price of 5,000 Naira per 50 kg for onward sale and distribution to farmers and other parts of the agro-value chain within the states at reasonable prices.

“The State Executive council has authorized the Ministry of Agriculture to procure 40, 000 metric tonnes through the Intervention programme at the cost of four billion Naira, the sum is to be recouped through direct sales of fertilizers to farmers in the state,” the letter stated.

Meanwhile, the state government requested for the issuance of an Irrevocable Standing Payment Order (ISPO) to the Federal Ministry of Finance to secure the purchase of the fertilizers.

In the same vein, the Assembly also received Governor Amosun’s letter dated January 31, 2017 seeking amendment to the Olabisi Onabanjo University law, (2001), following an earlier unanimous decision by the State Executive Council at its meeting held on the 3rd of January, 2017 to amend the law.

Ogun Lawmakers Approve Amosun’s Request To Access Credit Facility

Ibikunle Amosun on African cultureThe Ogun State House of Assembly has approved Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s request to obtain 65.7 billion Naira credit facility in line with the 2017 approved State budget to finance capital projects in the State.

The approval followed a motion moved by the Majority Leader, Adeyinka Mafe, seconded by Honourable Rasaq Oduntan and supported by the whole House through a voice vote, shortly after members had debated on the desirability of the credit facility.

It was granted under “House Rule No. 090/2017 – Approval to the State Government to obtain a Credit facility of 65.785 billion Naira from domestic and foreign banks and other financial institutions

While putting forward the governor’s request for approval, the Majority Leader said: ”It is the opinion of this Honourable House, that approval be given to the State Government to access 65.785 billion Naira facility or any part thereof, from any domestic, foreign banks or financial institutions to finance developmental projects in the State”.

Earlier Mr Mafe said governor Amosun’s request was in line with the approved capital receipt contained in the 2017 budget, pointing out that the single digit interest rate would give a great relief for government in the midst of the current economic recession.

The Deputy Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo and Honourable Olusola Bankole, who contributed to the debate leading to the approval of the credit facility, said the lenders of the credit facility would not offer direct cash to government but having dedicated projects meant to be funded by the facility, while the creditors would also determine the consultants that would handle the projects.

They noted that the State House of Assembly would carry out its oversight on all the projects so as to ensure value for money and promote accountability, transparency and prudence in the best interest of the State.

On his part the Minority Leader, Olawale Alausa, while supporting the motion for approval said the Assembly would monitor closely the list of projects to be funded with the facility.

Ogun State Proposes 25-year Jail Term For Land Grabbers

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Speaker of the House, Suraju Adekunbi, says the spate of violent crimes in the state has become worrisome.

The Ogun State House of Assembly has passed a bill proposing 25 years imprisonment or death sentence for anyone found guilty of land grabbing.

The assembly in its deliberations on Tuesday also prescribed a death sentence if a life is lost during the “forceful takeover of land with the use of any fire arms, offensive weapon, obnoxious or chemical materials.”

The passage of the bill follows the presentation of the report of special joint committees on Lands and Housing as well as Justice, Ethics and Public Petitions.

The Deputy Speaker and sponsor of the bill, Honourable Olakunle Oluomo moved a motion for the adoption for the report of the committee. It motion was seconded by Honourable Adebiyi Adeleye and supported by the whole house.

The bill equally spelt out a N5m fine or 10 years imprisonment or both for anyone found guilty of contracting an agent for the purpose of forceful takeover of any land in the state.

Kidnappings, Abductions, Robberies

The new bill also spells out punishment for robbery.

According to it, ”any person who commits the offence of robbery shall upon trial and conviction under this law be liable to a sentence of imprisonment of a term not less than twenty-one years, while conviction for armed
robbery attracts death sentence.

The bill which also provides that in case of kidnappings, abductions, violent rituals resulting in death or bodily harm, forcible detention and related offence “where the person kidnapped, restrained detained, kept, abducted or seized dies in the course, the offender shall be liable on conviction to such punishment as provided for the offence of murder under Section 319 (1) Criminal Code Law of Ogun State, 2006 or such other law for the time being in force.”

The bill added that where “the person does no die in the course,
the offender shall be liable on conviction to punishment for life imprisonment with hard labour and without an option of fine”.

The Speaker of the House, Suraju Adekunbi ordered that a clean copy of the bill be sent to the State governor Ibikunle Amosun for his assent.

Governor Amosun Set To Develop Agriculture In Ogun

amosunOgun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has reiterated his administration’s determination to continue to develop the agriculture sector. This is in a bid to improve the socio-economic life of the people in the state.

The Governor made the pledge during his first media chat for the year 2016, which held at the state-owned television, OGTV, where he explained some of the polices of his administration.

Agricultural development took centre stage, especially at a time when state governments are looking for alternatives to dwindling federal allocation.

“Whatever we grow, we must process; whatever we process we must market, once it is ready. There will be a lot of added value from the packaging, presentation and selling of the product, everybody will be involved.

“Once that is done, we will attract all these investors, industrialists and entrepreneurs to come and assist us in developing Ogun State,” he said.

He also highlighted some of the projects penciled down for commissioning to mark the 40th anniversary of the creation of the state and debunked the rumour making the rounds that the government might have concessioned some of the newly built model schools to private operators.

On some of the challenges facing the state in the area of security, the Governor appealed to stakeholder to continue to support the government in flushing out crime.

Amosun also pledged his commitment to the development of more infrastructure in the state.

Most recently, the Ogun State House of Assembly passed the 2016 Appropriation Bill of 200.2 billion Naira.

Amosun Presents 2016 Fiscal Year Budget

amosunOgun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has presented the sum of 200.27 billion Naira for the 2016 fiscal year budget before the State House of Assembly.

The bill, which was presented before the House on Tuesday, represents a moderate reduction of 4.7 per cent compared with the budget size of 210 billion Naira in 2015.

Addressing dignitaries at the event held at the State House of Assembly, Governor Amosun said that other areas of focus would remain rural and infrastructural development, affordable housing and urban renewal.

The Governor said that the medium term plans had taken ongoing capital projects across the three senatorial districts into account.

The budget size is expected to have 99.29 billion Naira as the capital expenditure, recurrent expenditure 100.98 billion Naira, personnel cost made up of salaries and allowances 61.34 billion Naira with education taking the largest share of 40.170 billion Naira.

The budget proposal is expected to be financed largely from the Internally Generated Revenue put at 108 billion Naira representing 53.93 per cent of the total budget.

Ogun State Assembly Screens Commissioner-nominees

Ogun State Assembly Screens Commissioner-nominees

The Ogun State House of Assembly has screened 18 commissioner-nominees whose names had earlier been sent before it for confirmation by the State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun.

The commissioner-nominees, who appeared before the House included six, who had served during Governor Amosun’s first term between 2011 and 2015.

The screening of the nominees was presided over by the Speaker of the Ogun State Assemly, Suraj Adekunbi, on Wednesday.

During the exercise, which lasted about five hours, all the commissioner-nominees‎ were asked various questions ranging from their professional competence, to experiences and capacity to serve the state.

The nominees are Adebola Adeife, Arc. Olamilekan Adegbite, Gbenga Ademosun, Adeleke Adewolu‎, Afolabi Afuwape, Mrs Yewande Amusan, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, Sunday Bamiwola, Dr Babatunde Ipaye and Chief Kolawole Lawal.

Others include Chief Jide Ojuko, Chief Muyiwa Oladipo, Miss Adenike Osoba, Bolaji Oyeleye, Mrs Ronke Sokefun, Arc. Segun Abiodun, Dr Olumide Ayeni and Rotimi Durojaiye.

In his remarks, Honourable Adekunbi stated that the lawmakers’ approval would enable the Governor to appoint commissioners that would assist him in steering the affairs of the state creditably in his second term of office.

He charged the nominees to ‎strengthen the existing relationship between the Executive and Legislative arms of government in the state, if they are eventually confirmed.

He also tasked them to work diligently towards improving revenue generation and ensuring completion of ongoing capital projects across the state.

The Speaker, who expressed the resolve of the lawmakers to cooperate with the executive, said they would continue to put in place necessary framework to engender good governance.

“The purpose of this screening is to legitimise the appointments of the Governor and make sure we have quality assurance that as soon as the cabinet is constituted, the government will hit the ground running.

“We are on a sincere mission to rebuild our state. One of the factors that assisted us during the first term is the cordiality between executive and legislature.

“We are here to consolidate on the achievements of the first term. We want our commissioner-nominees to do their bit and ensure harmony among all the arms of government. ‎We are ever ready to collaborate with the Executive towards having Ogun State of our dream,” Adekunbi said.

Ogun State Approves 18.9bn Naira Loan To Offset Workers’ Deductions

ogun assemblyThe Ogun State House of Assembly has granted approval to the State Government’s request to obtain a total loan of 18.9 billion Naira to offset the outstanding deductions/subvention to workers on its payroll.

The loan would be obtained from a from a bank under the Federal Government Bail-out programme.

According to Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s letter to the Assembly which was read by the Speaker, Mr Suraju Ishola during the plenary, the loans were broken down into 9.779 billion Naira for outstanding deductions/subvention and 9.139 billion Naira for the 20 Local Government Areas in the State.

The Governor’s request was a follow up to the House’s Resolution 008/2015, authorising the restructuring of the commercial bank loans into Federal Government of Nigeria Bonds, which would enable the State to fully participate in the Bail-out scheme.

The approval was granted through a resolution passed after the motion for the passage was moved by the Majority Leader, Honourable Adeyinka Mafe, seconded by Honournorable Oluwasesan Soyebo and supported by the whole House.

Earlier, while opening debate on the motion, Honourable Mafe explained that the loan would cater for the backlogs of the civil servants deductions which would help in boosting their morale and thereby enhancing productivity.

He added that the loan, which would be in a single digit interest rate, would bring succor to civil servants at the State and Local Government levels.

Patronize More Indigenous Contractors, Ogun Assembly Tells FG, States

The Ogun State House of Assembly Committee on Works and Infrastructure has enjoined both the Federal and State Governments in the country to increase patronage of indigenous contractors in the execution of their projects.

According to members of the Committee, doing this would go a long way in creating more employment opportunities and improve the socio-economic status of Nigerians.

The Committee members led by their Chairman, Hon. Joseph Adegbesan bore their minds while inspecting various road projects embarked upon by the State government in different parts of the State in continuation of their appraisal of 2013 budget implementation.

Hon. Adegbesan noted that the projects being handled by foreign contractors are well implemented, but stated that if given similar opportunity; local contractors could perform excellently like their foreign counterparts.

He commended the Senator Amosun-led administration for its vision and the quality of job done on the on-going road projects across the three senatorial districts of the State, adding that they would indeed create better living conditions for residents.

Projects inspected include phases one and two of Ilo-Awela and Ota Township, Ilara-Egua-Ijoun–Oja Odan, Mowe–Ofada–Ibafo, Ayetoro-Olodo and Lafenwa–Ayetoro roads.

Others are Mobalufon junction and overhead bridge, Lagos garage and bridge in Ijebu-Ode, Ago-Iwoye–Ilisan road, Sagamu and all the on-going road projects within the Abeokuta metropolis.

Assembly Affirms N16.5 billion loan For Ogun

The Ogun state House of Assembly, south west Nigeria has approved the sum of N16.5 billion loan for the state government to fast track its on-going capital projects.

The breakdown of the loan revealed that N5 billion was meant for the internal loan while N1.6 billion was meant for the State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB) counterpart funding.

Some of the lawmakers who spoke before the approval of the loan maintained that while the SUBEB counterpart funding would ensure easy take off of the project in the state, the internal loan requested by the executive arm would ensure the speedy completion of all the capital projects, especially road construction being undertaking by the administration

They appealed to the executive arm of government to ensure that it capital projects cut across the entire senatorial District of the state.

The Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Honourable Suraj Adekunbi thereafter ruled that a clean copy of the bill be sent to the state Governor for his ascent.

The state governor had on the 16th of March, sent a letter to the House requesting the approval of the loans.

Lack Of Due Process Caused Fracas In Ogun Assembly – Lawmaker

A lawmaker from Ogun State House of Assembly, Remmy Hassan on Thursday confirmed that the fracas that occurred in the hallowed chamber of the state was as a result of misunderstanding caused by the refusal to follow due process.

“Ordinarily you would have expected decorum in the hallowed chambers but I must let you know something, what happened in our chamber on that fateful Tuesday was ordinarily avoidable if due process had been followed’’

Mr Hassan, who was speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, blamed the leadership of the house and the floor members for the “grave error”.

He further said the members of the House were confident some things couldn’t happen because of the laws guiding the operations of the House leadership and membership.

He however said when the reverse is the case “as a lawmaker that is worth your salt, you either speak up or remain voiceless and irrelevant’’.

He also made clarifications on the Tender Board Committee that kick started the fracas in the House