BY OLUMIDE ABUDU
The Speaker, Ondo State House of Assembly, Mr Bamidele Oleyelogun has commended the Nigeria Governors’ Forum for making efforts towards the realisation of a Financial Autonomy for the Legislative arm of government.
Mr Oleyelogun gave the commendation while addressing the fifth quarterly session of the Majority Leaders in the Southwest region in Akure.
The Speaker who stressed on the viable moves by the Nigeria Governors’ Forum at ensuring that the Financial Autonomy to Legislatures comes into fruition rallied the support of Lawmakers across the country towards making the project a reality.
He also emphasised the need for a State Police which he said would compliment the Nigeria Police and other security agencies at tackling insecurity in the country.
Mr Oleyelogun acknowledged the efforts of the Majority Leaders’ forum aimed at stabilizing the Southwest region.
The Speaker maintained that the speedy and timely passage of the Western Nigeria Security Network, code named Amotekun, Bill into law and the provision of uniform standing orders and rules for all Legislatures in the region has brought about relief to the people in term of security and needed legislative reforms, guidelines and practices.
Mr Oleyelogun noted that the open grazing bill currently in the Ondo State House of Assembly when passed into law will address farmers, herders clashes and urged other states in the subregion to follow suit.
Chairman of the Majority Leaders’ forum, Mr Oyeniran Agunbiade in a remark said the forum was out to strengthen legislative procedures in the Southwest.
Mr Agunbiade explained that legislative sessions across the Southwest were monitored and evaluated to determine the implementation of the harmonised rules and proceedings.
He added that periodic meetings of the forum was meant to review performance of the Lawmakers noting that plans are underway to organise Southwest Legislatures conferences to provide avenue for robust relationship among state Lawmakers.
Majority Leader of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Mr Oluwole Ogunmolasuyi in an address of welcome commended the Chairman and Members of the Majority Leaders’ forum for their efforts at repositioning Legislatures in the Southwest of Nigeria for legislative best standard practices.