Creation of Additional Ministries, List of Three Additional Commissioner Nominees A Welcome Development – Hon. Asimiyu Alarape (Minority Leader Oyo House of Assembly)
By Odeh Henry
The minority leader of the Oyo state House of Assembly, Hon. Ashimiyu Alarape representing Atiba state constituency, who is also a former speaker of the house between 1999 – 2003, has given kudos to the executive governor of Oyo state Engr. Seyi Makinde by describing the state governnent’s move to create three additional ministries to include ministry of Energy as loudable and a welcome development.
The vibrant lawmaker made this statements while addressing newsmen in his office today at the Oyo state house of assembly complex, secretariat Ibadan.
He noted that even though he is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the project before the house is Oyo state project not a political party project and by that all sense of objective reasoning devoid of partisan sentiments must be deployed during debates on the floor of the house in other to achieve maximum results through collectiveness and cohession in the best interest of the people of Oyo state.
“If the state government has 17 commissioners definitely there has to be seventeen ministries so that government business can receive accelerated approach, and I confirm to you that the governor has sent three additional commissioner nominees to the house to make the total of nominees to be screened seventeen, so it is a welcome development.”
The lawmaker while commenting on a motion brought before the house by Hon. Francis Adetunji (Oluyole state constituency), during its plenary on a bill urging the state government to construct a pedestrian bridge and street light along Soka, Academi, Olomi axis of Lagos – Ibadan expressway to reduce the incesant spate of road accident and other criminal activities that usually characterize the place, stated that the road is a federal road.
He said “during the last administration, senator Ajimobi ran his government on zero budget which is adjudged to be the best budgeting system.” “Budget is a statement of projection based on available statistics, so in making use of zero budget, it is assumed that the state government does not have any money, so if money comes it will then be deployed to key areas of critical infrastructures based on government priorities.”
The lawmaker further stated that local governments authorities should be urged to provide solar power for the aforementioned road instead, in other to ease the burden of capital expenditure on the state government.
“When I was in London sometimes ago, I observed that the issue of road rehabilitation, beautifications and other local related matters are handled by the local authorities, they do not have to wait for the state or federal government to do those things but for the loopholes in our constitution, we have to wait for state government on those things which in my view is not good enough for our collective development.”
While responding to questions from newsmen on the rumoured list of additional three commissioner nominees sent to the house by governor Makinde, the lawmaker confirmed it to be true and stated further that the governor did that in other to create room for efficiency and maximum service delivery in the best interest of the people of the state.
He said “some ministries are lumped up, they need to be separated for effectiveness and some new ministries such as ministry of energy needs to be created so that the state can begin to explore every available sources of generating her own energy, i believe the governor has taken off well and the house of assembly is here to give him all the necessary supports to move the state forward.”
“I am sure you can see the vibrancy of honourable members during our plenary, and you can see how we brainstorm to resolve on various bills brought before the house.”