By; Niyi Ogungbola, Abeokuta.
The Ogun State House of Assembly has granted an approval to the State Government request to participate in the bulk purchase of fertilizer under the Federal Government Special Fertilizer intervention programme.
The House however reduced the initial N4bn request for 40,000 metric tonnes to N2b for the purchase of 20, 000 tonnes of the commodity.
The approval followed the motion for the adoption of the committee report of the House on the interactive session earlier held with the State Commissioners for Agriculture, Finance as well as Youth and Sports, Mrs. Adepeju Adebajo, Mr. Wale Osinowo and Afolabi Afuape, respectively.
The motion was moved by the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Olakunle Oluomo and seconded by the Minority Leader, Hon. Olawale Alausa.
The Deputy Speaker thereafter moved the motion for the authorization of the State Government to participate in the Federal Government Scheme, which was seconded by Hon. Rasaq Oduntan and supported by the Whole House through a voice vote.
It would be recalled that the State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun had last week sought for the resolution of the House of Assembly to enable the State Government participate in the bulk purchase of fertilizer under Federal Government of Nigeria’s Special Fertilizer intervention programme.
In the same vein, Speaker Adekunbi also acknowledged the receipt of a letter from the Senator Ibikunle Amosun proposing a bill for a law to provide for the remuneration of the public/political office holders in the executive and legislative arms of the local government/ Local Council Development Areas of the State.
The letter dated 6th of February, 2017 partly reads, “I forward herewith a bill for a law to provide for the remuneration of the public/political office holders in the executive and legislative arms of the Local government/ Local Council Development Areas of Ogun State as approved at the forty-ninth meeting of the executive council held on 5th December, 2016 for the kind consideration and passage of the House of Assembly”.