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JUST IN– Oyo Assembly summons Commissioner for Energy, others over abandoned Transformers in Local Govts

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The Oyo State House of Assembly has summoned the Commissioner of Energy, Mr. Seun Ashamu, personnel of ministry of energy and Oyo State Rural Electrification Board over abandoned and uninstalled transformers across local governments in the State.

The lawmakers during the Tuesday plenary lamented the condition of abandoned transformers procured by the Executive Arm of Government in 2011.

In a motion jointly moved by Hon. Femi Julius Okeyoyin representing Saki-West, Hon. Abiodun Fadeyi Ona Ara and Hon. Kazeem Olayanju representing Irepo/Olorunsogo State Constituencies, the lawmakers noted that electricity is indispensable in the socioeconomic development of the nooks and crannies of the State.

The motion says,”Oyo State has a Ministry of Energy and an agency for Rural Electrification established for the purpose of meeting the electricity needs of the people, while some transformers purchased by the then government with tax payers’ money worth Billions of naira are rotting away in different locations across the State.

“The public properties procured with public fund ought to be protected and utilized for the purpose of their acquisition.

“We discovered that they cannot function because the capacity (300KVA – 500KVA) not commensurate with the electricity requirements of the areas they are allocated to.

“We are calling on the executive arm, the concern ministries and agencies to take statistics of all the uninstalled transformers in the respective local governments and work towards installing them where suitable to avoid wastage while our people are suffering.”

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin during the house ruling affirmed that the lawmakers are inviting the concern persons, ministries and agencies to appear on the 5th November, 2019 to give situation report on the issue.

He said, “We have the new ministry of Energy and it is part of their responsibility. We are inviting the Commissioner, the representatives and Oyo state Rural Electrification Board to come and explain to this house while these transforms are sitting uninstalled and rotting away.

“When we talk about development in any society, Road, water and electricity are paramount. Therefore, every opportunity to make these available to our people will be taken.”
Oyo Lawmakers Confirm Local Government Commission Chairman, others

The Oyo State House of Assembly has screened and confirmed nominees for the positions of Chairman, full time and part time members of the State’s Local government service commission.

The confirmed nominees included Hon Remi Ayodele, chairman of the commission; Oyesina Oyedeji and Oke Taiwo as full-time members while John Abisoye Adisa-Oke and Nike Arewa considered as part time members of the commission and they were screened during the Tuesday’s sitting.

The list was earlier announced last week Tuesday 22nd October, 2019 by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin while reading a letter from the governor announcing the composition of the five-man committee.

In his contribution, the lawmaker representing Iseyin/Itesiwaju State Constituency, Hon. Bamidele Adeola noted that the success of the present government depended among others on the effectiveness and delivery of the local governments.

He charged them to discharge their responsibilities with all sense of commitment, experience and patriotism in accordance to the trust bestowed on them as responsible citizens of the State.

“let your vast your experiences , and education come yo play in your new post so that you may achieve outstanding result.

“The local government is the closest to the people, and the development at our local governments equals to the development of the State.

“It is your role as members of the commission to work round the clock to deliver on the mandate given to us and we will always keep in touch as lawmakers in examining your activities and progress,” he added.

Reported by–oyomatters.com

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