…As Bayelsa Assembly passes financial autonomy bill***
The Ekiti State government is to spend the sum N334 million to dredge 20,000m waterways to prevent reoccurrence of flooding that ravaged some areas in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, and other towns during this year’s raining season.
The state Commissioner for Information and Values Orientation, Chief Muyiwa Olumilua indicated this in Ado Ekiti on Monday, after the State Executive Council meeting, showing each meter might go for N16,700; just as the Bayelsa House of Assembly, also on Monday, passed the Legislative Fund Management Bill, 2019, which signals financial autonomy for the Assembly.
Olumilua who briefed newsmen after the meeting, said the council also gave approval for the procurement of customised safe delivery kits worth N54 million, adding that the kits would be distributed to pregnant women across all the 16 local government areas of the state.
Olumilua said: “The dredging of the waterways was to alleviate the suffering of the inhabitants of some critical areas in the state capital.
He listed the areas to be dredged to include Obala-Balemo-Elemi, Ita Eku-Poly road-Eminrin, Omisanjana-Ureje-133kva, Awajin-Ureje road and Ireakari-Ilawe road, all totalling 18,500 metres.
The commissioner said that the projects, which would cost N194.5 million, would be delivered within 12 weeks.
He added that due to perennial flooding that hit Ikere-Ekiti, headquarters of Ikere local government this year, government would also dredge the Osun stream channel, construct concrete channel at Temidire and reconstruct the failed culvert at Ajolagun, all at the cost of N140 million.
Some sections of Ado-Ekiti, such as like Ita Eku, Ureje, Eminrin, Embassy Island and others were submerged by flood in September, leading to the collapse of Ureje bridge on Ado-Ijan-Ikare road.
The Commissioner stated that the council also approved the completion of the phase V of the state secretariat complex at the cost of N621 million, saying that it would be delivered within six months.
He added that the council deliberated and approved the ‘Ekiti State Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities Prohibition Bill, 2019’ to deal with matters affecting those suffering from all manners of neglect in the state.
Olumilua said that the council also approved the ‘Ekiti State Housing Corporation Bill, 2019’ to deal with issues of housing in the state.
In the meantime, the Bayelsa House of Assembly, on Monday, passed the Legislative Fund Management Bill, 2019, which signals financial autonomy for the Assembly.
The Speaker, Mr Monday Obolo, while speaking during the emergency sitting of the Assembly in Yenagoa, said that the bill would help the state legislature to manage its finances properly.
The Assembly also received the report of its committee on public service establishment on the House of Assembly Service Commission.
The Speaker, however, promised to always work to enhance people-oriented legislature.
Meanwhile, Obolo has sworn in the new member, representing Brass Constituency I, Mr Charles Daniel. This was sequel to Daniel, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), being declared winner of the Nov. 16, 2019 supplementary election in his constituency.