9th July, 2011
The newly sworn-in transition caretaker committees in the 20 localÂ government councils in the state have been charged to dischargeÂ their responsibilities without fear or favour and ensuring that peopleÂ of their areas feel the dividends of democracy in terms of theirÂ progammes, projects and cleaning of the environment.
The advice was given yesterday evening by the state Governor Ibikunle Amosun at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta duringÂ the swearing-in ceremony of the 20 local government chairmen and theirÂ members.
Amosun said, â€™â€™you should all see this your new call as a call toÂ service and not a way of acquiring wealth or taking vengeance onÂ anybody. What should be paramount in your mind is how to join thisÂ government in the rebuilding of this great state of ours. It is aÂ collective task that must be achieved by all of us. I congratulate youÂ once again.â€™â€™
The appointed members were sworn-in at exactly 6:37 pm by the stateÂ governor, while other four members of the committee will be sworn â€“inÂ by the appointed chairmen at their various local governments.
Present at the colorful celebration that attracted families, friends,Â party loyalists and well wishers of the newly appointed members acrossÂ the state were the deputy governor of the state, Prince SegunÂ Adesegun, SSG, Barr. Taiwo Adeoluwa, Head of Service, HOS, PrincessÂ Iyabode Odulate, ACN Chairman in the state, Alhaji Tajudeen Bello andÂ other party stalwarts.
Meanwhile, the abducted chairman nominee for Ijebu North localÂ government, Barr. Kunle Ogunlana was later screened by the lawmakersÂ with three of his members while the remaining one was not seen.
P.M.NEWS gathered that the man was driven back to Ago-Iwoye but wasÂ asked to come back for his screening. The report of the screeningÂ committee headed by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Suraju Ishola Adekunbi, wasÂ signed by both the Speaker and the Acting Clerk of the House, Mr. A.T.
Adeyemo and was read on the floor of the House by the Majority Leader,Â Hon. Israel O. Jolaoso in the absence of the Deputy Speaker, Hon. TolaÂ Banjo.
The motion for the adoption and confirmation of the nominees wasÂ moved by the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Israel Olujobi JolaosoÂ representing Ewekoro State Constituency and was seconded by theÂ Minority Leader, Hon. Job Olufemi Akintan representing Egbado North 2Â Constituency.
The Speaker had earlier read a letter sent to the House by theÂ governor of the state calling the attention of the lawmakers to the withdrawal of the list of the nominees submitted earlier by the governor to the House on Wednesday, 6 July 2011.
Part of the letter reads: â€™â€™â€¦..it has become necessary to withdrawÂ the list, therefore, I hereby attach the new listâ€¦â€™â€™.
The House later adjourned sitting and would reconvene on Tuesday 12 July 2011 by 11:00 am.
By From Abiodun Onafuye/Abeokuta