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COVID-19: Ondo lawmakers draw battle line with Akeredolu over committees





Members of the Ondo State House of Assembly are set for showdown with Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu over the committees constituted by the Governor to ameliorate the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on residents of the state.

According to the legislators, who vowed not to serve in the committees, the directive of the Governor was an attempt to belittle their status as the elected representatives of the people.

Recall that the governor had constituted the Response Fund Committee and Palliatives Committee as part of measures to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on residents of the state.

The lawmakers gave their resolve during a meeting on Monday.

They claimed they are the elected representatives of the people and will not stoop low to serve under any cabinet member.

In a statement issued through the spokesperson of the House of Assembly, Hon Olugbenga Omole, the lawmakers commended the effort of the state Governor in constituting the palliative committee, but disagreed with the governor’s expression that the House of Assembly members will work as assistants to the committee members.

The meeting which was presided over by the Speaker of the House, Bamidele Oleyelogun, had in attendance all the lawmakers who passed vote of confidence on the Speaker, Deputy Speaker, Majority Leader and other principal officers of the Assembly.

Earlier, some residents of the state had also kicked against the composition of the committees.

The residents who decried the move of Governor Akeredolu faulted the appointment of his son, Babajide Akeredolu as the secretary of the Response Fund Committee, as well as the appointment of the State’s Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, Jacob Adebo popularly known as ‘Idajo’ as a member of the Palliatives Committee.

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