Oyo Assembly Postpone Plenary Over Death Of Ex-Lawmaker

The House of Assembly in Oyo State has suspended Tuesday’s plenary in honor of one of its ex-members, Hon. Waliu Adekunle Ganiyu.

Hon Ganiyu was fondly known as “Ere”, died Monday after a brief illness.

It was gathered that he was an articulate lawmaker during the 7th Assembly.

Ganiyu represented Atiba State Constituency under the platform of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), between 2011 and 2015 where he served as Chairman House Committee on Works and Transport.

The deceased was buried yesterday in his hometown, Oyo.
Members of the Assembly are expected to pay a condolence visit to the family of the deceased today.

On a phone conversation on Tuesday morning, member representing Oyo East/Oyo West in the State House of Assembly, Hon. Muideen Olagunju declared that Ganiyu’s legacy will linger in his people’s memory.

Olagunju, a lawyer, noted that it was quite normal for the Assembly to suspend its sitting because a number of the 8th Assembly lawmakers were also in the 7th Assembly with the deceased.

He said “I know him very well; we were together in Action Congress before I moved to Accord. His legacy will continue to be in people’s mind. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.

“The postponement of plenary is normal. We have to understand that a good number of the present assembly members including the honorable Speaker were together with him in the 7th Assembly.

“We will all attend the third-day prayers for him”.

Another member of the Assembly who currently represents Atiba State Constituency, Hon. Gbenga Oyekola, called the death of Ganiyu irreparable loss.

“What an irreparable loss. RIP Hon. Waliu Ere. May almighty forgive your shortcomings”, he wrote on Facebook.

Oyo Assembly Orders The Arrest Of Self-Imposed Caretaker Chairmen

The Oyo State House of Assembly on Tuesday ordered the Divisional Police Officers in charge of Asabari Local Council Development Area, Irepo Local Government Area and Lagelu West Local Council Development Area to arrest anyone parading himself as caretaker chairman for those council areas.

This was sequel to a point of order raised by Hon. Gbenga Oyekola (Atiba State Constituency) who drew the attention of the house to the impending danger on the inauguration of two rejected nominees and substitution of the screened nominee for Lagelu West LCDA.

Oyekola who called the attention of his colleagues to some reports in the online media, said that the house screened 55 nominees but the executive headed by Governor Abiola Ajimobi went ahead to inaugurate 57 nominees by not taking into consideration the two nominees who had earlier been rejected for the positions by the house.

He added that there was impending crisis in Lagelu West LCDA over who is the authentic chairman as the person who was screened had been replaced with another person without the knowledge of the house.

The house had last week dropped Mudasir Agbaje (Irepo LGA) and Taiwo Adeleke (Asabari LCDA) for issues of certificate and performance at the screening exercise.

Oyekola said “The house screened 55 nominees and rejected two, but to my utmost dismay, the two were sworn-in. ‎

“Also, we screened Akeem Aransi for Lagelu West LCDA but unfortunately another person was sworn-in and assumed office.

“On that note I want the house to produce the copy of the letter we sent to the executive. We sent the name to the executive and they received it.”

Others who spoke condemned the action of the executive arm over what they called “illegality”.

Speaker of the house, Hon. Michael Adeyemo stated that “The issue raised has come to the knowledge of the house and actions would be taken on it to invite the Secretary to the State Government, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.

“We have the right to screen, we don’t nominate, the fault is not from us”.

Adeyemo then read a letter from the Governor dated 6th April 2017 notifying the house on the replacement of Akeem Aransi for Abiodun Oladeji.

He said the letter was received last week but could not be read because it was not received during plenary days.

He then ordered the DPOs in charge these areas to arrest those parading themselves as the chairmen in these areas to prevent break down of law and order in the areas.

He said “Anybody that is parading himself as Chairman for Asabari LCDA, Irepo LGA and Lagelu West LCDA should be arrested. The two, Asabari and Irepo, there is no chairman there.

“On the issue of Lagelu, the person that was swore-in but not screened should also be arrested and the man that was screened but was not inauguratedd should stop parading himself as the chairman, doing so he should be arrested.

“We as the legislative arm, we have to uphold the principle of rule of law. Members have said their own, we have to invite and get across to others.” ‎

Chairman House Committee on Information, Hon. Josuha Oyebamiji who briefed journalists after the plenary said that the order takes effect immediately.

Oyo Assembly Cautions Churches, Mosques on Noise Pollution

Ibadan – The Oyo State House of Assembly has directed the state Ministry of Environment, Urban Development and Physical Planning to sanction Churches and Mosques that flout the Noise Pollution Law.

The Speaker of the House, Mr Michael Adeyemo (APC/Ibarapa-East), gave the directive at the plenary on Tuesday. Mr Isaac Ishola, the Commissioner in charge of the ministry and his counterpart in the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Toye Arulogun, had appeared before the House. The House had on Feb. 16, summoned the two commissioners over incessant noise pollution in the state.

The speaker, who said he was impressed with the ministry’s efforts to curb noise pollution, urged it to take serious action against people who attacked the enforcement officers. “Those guilty of such must be duly prosecuted and jailed; this should not be taken with levity.

“How will they perform their jobs effectively, if they cannot enjoy the protection of the state,” he said. Adeyemo said that since all avenues of dialogue and sensitization had been explored but failed, the ministry should implement the laws by sanctioning and closing down any erring place of worship.

“ If you have invited a church since January, 2016 and it refused to honour the invitation and another one signed an undertaking since February, 2016 and has not complied, then seal them.

“If some are complying and others are not, you are giving room for impunity,’’ the speaker said. Ishola had earlier told the lawmakers at the plenary that Churches and Mosques contributed 70 per cent of noise pollution within Ibadan metropolis.

He said that noise from the social gatherings only accounted for 10 per cent.

“The telecommunications companies are not left out; they contribute about 10 per cent, while vehicular noise and generator noise constitute three and five per cent respectively,” he said. Ishola said that in spite of the stakeholders’ meetings with various representatives, the menace of noise pollution still persisted in the area.

According to him, the ministry’s officials that go out to enforce the Environmental Laws are either attacked physically or verbally threatened.

Ishola said the defaulters that were invited to the ministry failed to honour the invitation. Arulogun, on his part, told the lawmakers that the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism had engaged in door-to-door enlightenment to sensitise people on the dangers of noise pollution.