By; ODEYEMI SAMUEL, Akure
In his efforts to avert industrial action by Workers in Ondo State, the state Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has passed a request seeking the approval of the state House of Assembly to pass Appropriation bill into law.
It would be recalled that 18 out of 26 Law Makers on Friday impeached the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Bamidele Oleyelogun and his Deputy, Hon. Iroju Ogundeji, but few hours later, the crisis took a fresh dimension as the House was taken over by nine members which later reinstated the sacked leadership.
On Thursday, few hours after the plenary session, Nine out of 26 members of the Ondo State House of Assembly passed into law the amended version of the Appropriation Law 2018 presented by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.
The Law Makers quoted section 92 sub sections 1, 2, and 3; section 96 of the 1999 Constitution as amended which empowers a quarter of Assembly members to form a quorum.
According to them, they were able to meet the constitutional requirement of nine since two out of the 18 dissociated themselves from the impeachment move having claimed ignorant to their purported signatures.
The passage followed the adoption and consideration of the report of the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation headed by Mr. Sunday Olajide, during a plenary sitting in Akure presided over by the impeached Speaker, Mr Bamidele Oleyelogun.
The bill to amend the Appropriation Law 2018 and for matters incidental thereto, after scaling through first and second readings on Monday was committed to the House Committee for proper scrutiny and speedy passage.
Submitting the committee’s report, the chairman, Sunday Olajide, explained that members of the committee did thorough job and invited concerned MDAs for proper scrutiny.
The committee further recommended that the state government should ensure that the provisions of the reordered funds are conscientiously applied to the needs stated therein so that the good intention behind the dispensation would be fully attained.
The lawmakers after debating on the report of the amended version of the 2018 appropriation law unanimously passed it.
The embattled Speaker of the Assembly, Oleyelogun noted that it was imperative to pass the amended appropriation bill to enable the state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu meet his financial obligations to the workers in the state, especially the payment of Paris Club refund which was not initially appropriated for in the 2018 budget.
The impeached speaker lauded the governor for this unwavering commitment to the better welfare of the state workforce, noting that what the Assembly was doing is in accordance with the dictates of the law.
The House however dissolved all Standing Committees and announced Mr Jamiu Maito as new Majority Leader, Prince Abayomi Akinruntan as deputy majority leader and Dr. Kaseem Suleiman as Parliamentary Secretary respectively.
The House also set up a committee to work out modalities for the financial autonomy of the Assembly headed by the impeached Deputy Speaker, Mr Iroju Ogundeji.