By Babalola Gafar 

Ogun State House of Assembly today held a special plenary to commemorate its first year of inauguration with an assurance that the people of the State should expect more people oriented legislations and facilitation of projects that will have direct positive impact on their lives in the coming months.

The Assembly members led by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Oludaisi Elemide gave the assurance during the special plenary attended by dignitaries including some of the former Speakers of the State House of Assembly like Basorun Muyiwa Oladipo, Titi Sodunke- Gomez, Tunji Egbetokun and Suraju Adekunbi held at the Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

Elemide said "it is with great joy that I on behalf of the Principal Officers, distinguished colleagues, management and staff of this Honourable House express our hearty gratitude to the almighty God for giving us all the opportunity to witness this day and our appreciation to the Executive Governor of our dear State, His Excellency, Prince Dapo Abiodun for his continued support in promoting mutual interdependence among all arms of government in the State.

Today is not just an anniversary for merry making, rather it is a day to rejoice that the sanctity of the legislative arm in the State is being restored to deliver on its core duties and responsibilities of promoting quality representation through the passage of people oriented legislations and resolutions meant to advance good governance, thereby enhancing democratic ideals.

Dear colleagues, guests, ladies and gentlemen, you will recall that for certain reasons or circumstances, this 10th legislative session was inaugurated on the 20th of June, 2023, and has since started working relentlessly to meet the yearnings and aspirations of the people of the State through various bills, resolutions and community engagements as well as other intervention programmes to make life better for the people of the State.

In view of the foregoing, no fewer than seven (7) bills have been passed into laws, while seven others are at the various stages of legislative process with over 24 motions passed into resolutions. Each of the bills passed touches on the day- to -day running of government in the State, including the yearly appropriation bill, the judiciary fund management and Legislative funds management, as well as amendment to the Magistrates' Court and the amendment of the Local Government law, 2024.

It is on record that the various issues that required urgent public importance and those that need the immediate attention of government to enhance socio-economic and political development of the State were equally given immediate attention through House Resolutions, and as such have been passed to the relevant government Ministries, Departments and Agencies for necessary actions.

Such issues passed into resolutions including those requesting for a review of the security architecture of the State to strengthen security to further protect lives and properties.

Other resolutions passed with a view to promoting good governance and cultural heritage of the residents are those on adoption of the harmonised standing order/ rules of procedure for the Nigerian legislature, urgent need to stem the subtle take - over of native/ Kampala local industry by the Chinese, urgent need to clamp down on the activities of cultists across the State and the appointment of a Commissioner for the Ministry of Youth in the State.

This tenth legislature also made a strong case through the passage of resolution requesting the urgent need for the State Government to address the menace of fake and expired drugs in the State; just as the Assembly passed another resolution lifting the suspension restricting the National Union of Road Transport Workers ( MURTW) from performing any union activities across all motor parks and garages in the State and confirmation of Commissioner nominees and other appointment related resolutions.

Those resolutions bordering on conflict resolutions amongst companies and  other individuals as well as those protecting human rights were also passed in the last one year".

 Commending Governor Abiodun for his efforts in turning around the fortunes of the State for better, the Speaker implored his colleague-lawmakers to continue to work collectively for the overall success of the current administration in the State.

In their various remarks, all the State lawmakers unanimously commended the Governor for non- interference in their legislative oversights, especially those involved in appraisal of budget performance, public accounts and anti-corruption and compliance with appropriation law amongst others.

They also acknowledged the Governor’s efforts at creating an enabling environment for the State lawmakers in performing their legislative duties, which  culminated in the ongoing renovation of the State House of Assembly Complex.

The lawmakers equally extolled the leadership style of the current Assembly Speaker, Rt. Hon. Oludaisi Elemide for providing qualitative leadership which had help repositioned the Assembly to record laudable achievements within a short time.

In their goodwill messages, the former Assembly Speakers commended the Governor for providing the necessary enablement for the lawmakers to perform their duties, commending the Speaker and the members for their collective resolve to give quality representation to the people.

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