Loyalists of a former governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba, have urged the All Progressives Congress to heavily sanction the Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Dr Kehinde Oluwadare, for abusing the former governor.
The loyalists, led by the Financial Secretary of the APC and a member of the Governor’s Advisory Council, Sunday Sowunmi, said the call was made to serve as a deterrent to others.
The embattled commissioner had been quoted to have described Osoba as a failed leader that could not match a former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu in terms of grooming leaders.
Apparently dissociating himself and government from the comment by his commissioner, Governor Dapo Abiodun suspended Oluwadare indefinitely.
Though Osoba’s loyalists in Abeokuta South applauded the governor for the action, they insisted that the party must do something to sanction embattled commissioner to avoid further abuse of the party leader in the state.
Sowunmi said Abiodun would not have become the governor without Osoba’s efforts before and during the election.
He said: “Despite the fact that the ‘baba’ is a veteran journalist, he will not talk. But if we fold our hands and allow the commissioner to get away with such statements, that will be highly ridiculous.
“The fact is that he (Osoba) is a national leader and the architect of this government. So, I don’t know why somebody in the government of Governor Abiodun will deem it fit to say such a thing about Chief Osoba. It is like biting the finger that fed it.”
According to Sowunmi, what the commissioner said might be the reflection of what some people in the government might have been saying in their private discussions.
He noted that that made him bold enough to say it out to the public.
He added, “I give kudos to Governor Dapo Abiodun for his immediate reaction.
“He has done well. But we cannot just keep quiet. ‘Oro ti ologbon ba so, enu ashiwere ni ati ngbo’ (what a wiseman says is echoed by a foolish man).
”I will further appeal to the APC in Ogun State to add more to the punishment given to the man by the governor because if we don’t, it won’t be good for the party.
“I don’t think anyone can dispute my statement, including the governor himself. Therefore, I will advise my people, including political colleagues, that it will be very unfortunate for us to stand up one day and begin to say such to our leaders, especially, Chief Osoba, who is an elder statesman.
”After the commissioner made such statements, we started receiving calls from every part of the country which is very embarrassing.”
Bayelsa Assembly Committee on Environment To Curb Unlawful Sand Dredging Activities.
With various complaints and pettitions by communities impacted by the activities of illegal sand dredging and mining in the Bayelsa State, the state House of Assembly has organised a public hearing on a bill to regulate the operations of sand dredging to ensure that the environment is not adversely impacted on.
The bill tagged ” Regulation of Sand Dealing and Dredging Operations Bill 2019″ according to the House Committee on Environment is aimed at gathering inputs from experts, technocrats and the public in order to formulate a people-friendly bill that will serve the best interest of Bayelsans.
The House Committee Chairman on Environment and member representing Nembe Constituency one, Hon. Ebi Ben Ololo noted that the public hearing became necessary on the need to remediate the environment and tackle the challenges posed by sand dredging operations in the state.
” The importance of this bill cannot be overemphasized because it can save lives. You are aware a number of times so many communities and their representatives have sent pettitions to this House, specifically the Chairman House Committee on Environment as per the environmental degradation that has taken place as regards the illegal sand dealing and dredging activities in various communities all around the state”, he said.
“With those number of complains and pettitions we thought it wise to put up a bill to take care of those issues. Most important thing is that we all know that public hearing is a mechanism by which parliamentary Committees obtain information, deal with the information obtained and also exchange views with experts and the public so as to fine-tune whatever bill there is for the public hearing to come up with a top class bill that will be people- friendly and also save lives of the people in Bayelsa”, he added.
” Lots of suggestions, contributions, opinions and interactions have been made as regards this very important bill, like we have assured the representatives of the various groups that we will go back in our committee, look at those very important areas where they have suggested and also fine tune the bill. So that in no distant time we will come up with a very formidable bill that will stand the test of time. That the people will benefit from”, Ololo reassured.
He lauded participants for their insightful contributions and opinions during the public hearing, promising that the Committee would do justice to come up with a bill that would meet the expectations of Bayelsans.
In her contribution, House Chief Whip and member representing Yenagoa Constituency 2, Hon. Ebiowu Koku Obiyai lamented the deliberate connivance between communities and the sand dealers, warning that if nothing is done to regulate the activities of sand dredgers Bayelsa communities will be eroded away.
The House Whip also expressed concerns on the activities of companies carrying out dredging business near bridges and sued a delibrate efforts by all in order to save the bridges from collapse.
By Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa.
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