The Ekiti State House of Assembly has called on Governor Kayode Fayemi to urgently provide palliative measures to the deplorable Isinbode-Ekiti and Omuo-Ekiti Road and the abandoned bridge linking Itapaji with Iyemero.
The Assembly made the call through its unanimous resolution yesterday at its plenary sitting presided by the Speaker, Mr Funminiyi Afuye in Ado-Ekiti.
Mr Oluwajuwa Adegbuyi, (Ekiti East Constituency 1) moved the notion with the title: “Urgent need to fix Omuo-Isinbode Road, in Ekiti East Local Government Area’.
He lamented the sufferings of the people of the area.
According to him, the people living in that area have resorted to the use of motorcycles, (popularly known as Okada) as a means of transportation from Omuo-Ekiti to Isinbode and vice-versa in the last three years.
Adegbuyi said, “I want to call the attentions of the House and the Ekiti Government to the plights and sufferings of my constituents, whose main access road has finally been cut-off by erosion.
”Our people, instead of plying this road to convey their agricultural products in less than five minutes will have to now go through a 360 degree circle to Omuo-Ekiti in hours to conduct their economic and social activities,” Adegbuyi said.
Other contributors to the motion which included the speaker, Mr Funminiy Afuye, Mrs Teju Okunyiga,(Gbonyin) and Mr Olajide Akanle,(Ekiti East 11) described the axis as a very important commercial part of the state.
They called for government’s urgent intervention, which might be palliative pending when it would award the contract for its construction.
Mr Olutoyin Lucas, who is representing Ado Constituency 1, speaking “Under Matters of Urgent Public Importance’’, called for strict adherence to traffic rules and regulations by motorists in Ekiti, and particularly, within Ado metropolis.
The House through its resolution also said, henceforth, road users should obey and observe traffic rules and regulations to guard against arrest and stringent punishment.
Also, another member, Mr Stephen Aribisoye(Ikole Constituency 11) relying on Order 8, Rules 45 of the House, called for the completion of the abandoned bridge linking Itapaji Ekiti with Iyemero-Ekiti.
He said, “At present, there are two cars inside the ditch, whose accidents were caused because the bridge was abandoned.
” Government and its agents should erect speed breakers at both sides of the bridge and ensure that the funds needed to complete the project should be included in the reviewed 2019 budget. “
NAN reports that other business of the day includes: the passage of the Ekiti House of Assembly Service Commission, (Fifth Amendment) Bill, 2019.
Also, the House screened and confirmed Mrs Bunmi Agunbiade as a member of the Ekiti State Local Government Service Commission.
Also, the Ekiti State Board of Internal Revenue Bill 2019 passed through the first reading.
NAN also reports that the speaker announced the constitution of 30 Standing Committees for the House.
The Assembly thereafter adjourned sitting until Wednesday, June 19.
Abaribe, Other Senators In Crossfire Over 2020 Budget
As Senators began the N10.33 trillion budget debate on Wednesday, there were different opinions on the viability of the budget by lawmakers who tried to tag the Appropriation based on their own different perspectives.
Minority Leader of the Senate, Enyinnaya Abaribe while ‘firing’ the budget said that so many things which could not be obviously achieved were put together in the budget.
“Very many things were put and jumbled together: budget of fiscal consolidation, investing in critical infrastructure and so forth.”
“In other words, putting everything together like that reminds us of what Shakespeare said: a tale full of sound and fury signifying nothing.”
This, however, did not go down well with the Senate President, Dr Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan who insisted that he should have concentrated on the contents of the budget rather than taking the chambers through a literature class.
“Minority leader, this is not a literature class and I want to appeal that you talk on what was read in the budget speech.”
Senate later raised concerns about securing loans and other issues, which paved way for the Minority leader to speak on.
Abaribe continued, saying the budget was that of taxation rather than consolidation.
“I want to suggest a name to those who wrote this speech for Mr. President, that this is nothing but a budget of taxation. It is a budget that is based on taxation. It’s based on 7.5 per cent increase in VAT, based on several other increases.
“Senate President, Senate leader, Senator Yahaya Abdullahi has helped us in his lead debate on how the Federal Government intended to secure loans in order to shore up the budget deficit while faulting the development.
“I want to mention that the biggest loan we have is the fact that, how would you talk about job creation when you do not invest in what will create jobs?
“Debt servicing as a component is higher than capital expenditure. 2trn for capital expenditure, 2.4trn for debt servicing.
The projected growth that they put in the budget was 1.9 per cent, less than the population growth of 2.6 per cent. So, if we look at it globally, we are still struggling.
“We may have to take over and direct the economic policy of this government. having seen that they have not done anything and they have failed.
“Two assumptions are critical for this government. First, the assumption on oil prices. I know that our people were happy when there seem to be a little problem in the middle east with Iran which will lead to a spike in the oil price but that seems to have gone down which means that our projection for the cost of oil may also be off the mark.”
“Second one is our projection for the production levels daily. Last year, the average production level was 1.8m BPD. Why don’t we just keep it there? Why must we go up to 2.1 only to be disappointed at the end of the day?
“I know that you have promised the executive that we are going to work very well with the executive to produce the budget, but I plead with my colleagues to look at the facts. You can’t run away from facts.
“The facts here is that this is not a sustainable budget. If we need to change, we must be able to look at the critical fundamentals of this budget speech and make adjustments as due.”
Senate President insisted that the Minority leader was inaccurate in his statistical presentations.
Similarly, some lawmakers of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, maintained that the figure was bogusly put together by the executive without taking the nation’s dwindling revenue into consideration.
Speaking at a press conference after plenary, Spokesman of the Senate, Senator Adedayo Adeyeye said the nation has the best budget put together for 2020.
He said what transpired on the floor was in line with different perspectives of seeing things by people while describing the budget as “budget of consolidation.”
Lawmaker Advises AAC Candidate Against Appealing Tribunal Judgement
A lawmaker, Hon. Kelechi Nwogu said it would be a waste of time for the Governorship candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Biokpomabo Awara, to appeal the Tribunal ruling which upheld the election of Governor Nyesom Wike.
Recall that Engr Awara has said he will appeal the judgment after the Rivers State Election Petition Tribunal ruled in favour of Wike.
Nwogu who represents Omuma Constituency in the Rivers State House of Assembly said Governor Wike’s victory at the tribunal did not come to him as a surprise; saying there was no way Engr. Awara would have won the election when he barely campaigned.
“Some things are not right. Somebody purportedly think he is interested to contest election on Thursday, only for him to come out on Friday and make announcement that he was going to contest election, and on Saturday you want the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare you winner.
“You didn’t campaign for the election. You had no manifesto and you just want to be declared winner. The candidate we know in that election is Chief Barr. Nyesom Wike,” Nwogu stated.
He further said, “What did Awara tell Rivers people he was going to do for them to vote for him? Going to Appeal or the Supreme Court is a mere waste of time.
“If the sun in the morning and the sun in afternoon could not dry your clothes, the one in the evening will also not dry your clothes,” Hon. Nwogu said.
Youths, Students Hail Wike’s Tribunal Victory
A group, New Rivers Vision Youths and Students, has called on opposition parties that lost their case at the Election Petition Tribunal to put the State first above personal interest.
Director General of the Group, Chimzi Ihunwo who made the call during a chat with newsmen in Port Harcourt, commended the Judiciary for what he described as ‘its unbiased ruling on the matter.
Ihunwo called on Governor Nyesom Wike not to be distracted but to continue offering good governance to the people, noting power comes from God.
“His (Wike’s) victory shows that it is only God that chooses leaders and Governor Wike is God sent to the people of Rivers State. We are happy and we give God the glory.
“We urged other political parties and candidates from other divides to work with him to move our dear state forward and see how best possible to put Rivers State on the global map,” Ihunwo stated.
He lauded Governor Wike for his continued support to students, even as he called on the youths and students to reciprocate the gesture by being steadfast in their support.
“We thank the Governor for what he has been doing for the students community and we call on him to continue in his developmental strides.
“We also urge the youths and students to expect the best to come from the Rivers State Government,” the Director General, New Rivers Vision Youths and Students said.
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