JUST IN: Oyo Assembly suspends 13 caretaker chairmen, directs secretaries to take over

•Akinyele East, Ido, Oluyole, Ogbomoso Central, Oyo East, Ibarapa North West, 7 others affected

The Oyo State House of Assembly, on Tuesday, announced the indefinite suspension of the caretaker chairmen of eight Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) and five Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.

This followed the failure of the 13 caretaker chairmen to submit a comprehensive list of graders, bulldozers, flat-bed trucks and other earth-moving equipment in their domain as requested by the state assembly.

It will be recalled that the Assembly had given an October 23 ultimatum to the chairmen of local councils to submit the report or risk suspension.

This ultimatum followed the failure of 95 percent of the chairmen to heed an earlier call from the Assembly on August 18 to submit the same report.

The affected councils are Akinyele East LCDA, Ido LGA, Oluyole LGA, Ibadan North East LG, Lagelu West LCDA, Soro LCDA, Ogbomoso Central LCDA, Ogbomoso South West LCDA, Ajorosun LCDA, Ibarapa North West LCDA, Itesiwaju LGA, Oyo East LGA and Oyo South East LCDA.

The Honourable Adebo Ogundoyin-led Assembly subsequently directed the secretaries of the affected councils to take over.

Ogundoyin cast doubt on the competency of the affected chairmen if they could default in complying to what he described as a simple assignment to give report of equipment in their domains.

Presenting report of the House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters to the Assembly, its chairman, Honourable Ademola Popoola reported that the state of earth-moving equipment across councils range from functional to non-functional.

The report charged the chairmen not suspended to ensure the non-functional equipment are repaired, replaced, well-maintained and made functional.

He stressed that making bulldozers, excavators, low bed trucks, graders, tractors, borehole drilling machines will go a long way in helping local councils in the rehabilitation of damaged roads, drilling of boreholes and clearing of waterways.

The Assembly also resolved to launch an investigation into the alleged assault on proprietress of Arise and Shine Group of Schools, Ibadan, Mrs Olayemi Silifa by officials of the state Environmental Task Force.

Honourable Akeem Kajola representing Kajola constituency had brought up the issue at plenary noting that the assault on Olayemi occurred when she visited the environmental task force to secure the release of a 13-year-old girl arrested for indiscriminate waste disposal.

The House Committee on Environment and Ecology was directed to investigate alleged detention of minor overnight and contravention of human rights by the environmental task force.

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