By Precious Oluwole
The Chairman, House Committee on Information, Youths and Sports Development, Hon. Olugbenga Omole has stated that the 9th Assembly lawmakers are not rubber-stamp as being painted by some people.
He made this revelation at the Valedictory media chat with journalists, declared open by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Bamidele Oleyelogun who was represented by his Deputy, Rt. Hon. Samuel Aderoboye, held on Wednesday at the Ondo State House of Assembly Complex.
According to him, the 9th assembly has a robust relationship with the Executive Arm for the development of the state and the citizens.
He stressed that they have done extremely well as lawmakers representing their various constituencies, adding that they are bound to carry out their statutory legislative activities which are: law making, representation and oversight functions.
He added that the 9th Assembly has passed over 63 bills into law in the last four years. These includes; A bill for a law to establish the Ondo State Security Network Agency also known as Amotekun corps to strengthen security in the State, A bill for a law to regulate rearing and grazing of livestock otherwise known as the Anti-Grazing Law,
Others are; A bill for a law to raise the retirement age of Professors, academic and non-academic staff in the state owned Tertiary Institutions, A bill for a law to provide for the establishment of Ondo State Security Trust Fund, A bill for a law to provide for the establishment of an independent office of the Auditor-General and provide for the audit of public Accounts, A bill for a law to amend the law for Ondo State Educational Endowment Fund Amendment Law, The Annual Appropriation bill, among others.
Omole stressed that some of the bills have no doubt given succour and comfort to the people of Ondo State, while some have apparently contributed to the general wellbeing and social economy status of the people of the State.
He, however, appreciated the Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN, CON for his various landmark achievements in the State, using his political will and passion for development has no doubt contributed in no small measure to encourage the lawmakers in recording and consunmmating all these goals.
“The Assembly Complex today is wearing a new look and we are proud that the total overhaul of the complex happened during our time. As the 9th Assembly is gradually winding down, it is our hope that the 10th Assembly will take it further from where we stopped and continue to make the Sun to shine”.
While appreciating the people of the state for their support to the 9th Assembly, Omole solicited for more support for the 10th Assembly to move the state forward.