Oyo Assembly Summons Commissioner for Lands Over Illegal Petro Stations, Sets to Investigate Local Govt Inventories


By Henry Odeh

The Oyo State House of Assembly has directed the house committee on local government to investigate all the local government and local council development areas through the state Ministry of Local Government and chieftaincy matters over the level of work done at the local government with the aim of averting disaster arising from the raining season.

The house also requested that the inventories of all the local government areas across the state particularly functional equipments currently available to prevent flooding.

The directive was made by the house in a unanimous decision during the its Tuesday’s plenary following a motion moved under matter of urgent public importance, by Hon Yusuf Adebisi Oladeni.

The Speaker, Rt. Hon Adebo Ogundoyin, while giving a remark before ruling on the motion, asked the house committee on environment to work with the Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project, IUFMP, and the State ministry of environment to take records of flood-prone areas otherwise referred to as ‘hotspots’ and submit their report to the house in two weeks.

The speaker noted that after the report has been submitted, people living along and close to waterways will be relocated while weakened structures on the waterways will be pull down.

In a similar vein, the Oyo state house of assembly has summoned the state commissioner for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Barrister Abiodun Abdu-Raheem over countless illegal petro stations built in residential areas and other illegal ongoing constructions in the state.

The house also directed committee on works and transport to meet with the Oyo State Road Maintenance Agency, OYSTROMA, to determine their plans to fix dilapidated and worn out roads.

The house, however, deliberated on a review of maternity leave policy for pregnant and nursing mothers in the employment of Oyo State for Healthy motherhood from four months to six months.

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