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.
Delta Reps Bicker Over Bill On Proposed Federal Poly
Two federal lawmakers from Delta State, South-South Nigeria, have thrown up disagreement over where a proposed federal polytechnic should be located within the State.
This followed a presentation of a bill for an Act seeking the establishment of a federal polytechnic Orogun in Delta Central Senatorial zone, which was forwarded from the Senate to the House of Representatives for concurrence.
While the said Bill was said to have been sponsored by the Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, who represents Delta Central, there was a similar Bill sponsored by Rep. Ossai Nicholas Ossai representing Ukwani Federal constituency which is in Delta North.
The Bill which was seeking the establishment of the same federal university with its location in Kwale, Delta North was passed by the House and sent to the Senate for concurrence in November 2019.
It, however, couldn’t get a Senate concurrence following the rejection by the red chamber, prompting Rep. Ossai to kick against the House concurring the current version changing the school’s proposed location and seeking the nod of the House.
Trouble began three weeks ago when Ossai, who chairs the House Committee, raised a point of order alerting the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila that the Bill so listed on the order paper as emanating from the Senate for concurrence was actually sponsored by him and passed by the House, but was rejected by the Senate when it was forwarded for concurrence.
APC Urges Credible Election In Nsukka LG
Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Joseph Ugwuoke,in Nsukka Local Government Area (LGA) of Enugu State, has urged Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission (ENSIEC) to ensure that February 29 local government poll is credible.
Ugwuoke made the appeal in an interview with newsmen in Nsukka, yesterday.
He said that ENSIEC should allow the will of the electorate to prevail during that election by conducting an election that would be described by all as free and fair.
“The commission should ensure the votes of the people of Enugu State count in that election.
“I urge ENSIEC to give every political party an equal level playing ground during the election and resists any attempt by any politician to use their staff to commit electoral fraud.
“The state electoral umpire should ensure that the staff and ad-hoc staff exhibit high level of transparency and honesty during the exercise so that only candidates that have mandates of the electorate will emerge victorious,” he said.
Group Advocates Stronger Representation Of Women In Governance
The League of Women Voters of Nigeria (NILOWV), Bauchi State Chapter, has advocated for stronger recognition of women issues through increased representation at all levels of governance.
The Chairperson of the league in Bauchi, Hajiya Fatima Zakari, made the call at a town hall meeting of stakeholders in Bauchi, yesterday.
She said stronger recognition of women’s issues in policy was required through increased representation in national, state and local governance.
According to her, if women are elected into governance, it will play key role in addressing critical issues affecting them and their broader communities,“such as education, water management, health and domestic violence, among others,” she said.
Zakari said that women representation in governance would promote greater equality in politics and support stronger representation of women issues in policy.
The chairperson expressed optimism that NILOWV was gaining ground in the state with more women understanding the need to actively participate in governance and decision making.
Speaking on behalf of the stakeholders, Hajiya Aisha Bama, the Secretary, Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Bauchi State chapter, appealed to government at all levels to acknowledge the contribution of women in the society.
She reiterated that involvement of more women in political leadership would raise public awareness of their involvement in politics.
Participants were drawn from the traditional institutions, civil society organisations, security agencies and organised private sector, among others.
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