ODHA gets new Chamber
By Josephine Oguntoyinbo
After months of break prompted by the dilapidated state of the Hallowed Chamber, lawmakers of the Ondo State House of Assembly are set for a robust legislative duty.
This followed the inauguration of a makeshift Chamber to be used temporarily avenue for plenary sessions of the House.
The inauguration of the temporary Chamber was graced by the lawmakers, staff of the Ondo State House of Assembly and invited Christian and Islamic clerics, including the Bishop of Akure Anglican Diocese Rt. Rev. Dr. Simeon Oluwole Borokini.
The clerics who prayed for the lawmakers, the staff and Ondo State government, highlighted the importance of the House of Assembly to the sustenance of democracy.
In his homily, Rt. Reverend Dr. Borokini made an allusion to the Mace and the covenant box in the Bible, noting that as important as the covenant box was to the Israelites, so is the Mace to the assembly and the people.
Bishop Borokini admonished the lawmakers to work in harmony with the executive arm in order to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Whip and lawmaker representing Owo state constituency two, Dr. Adeyemi Olayemi commended Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for his timely intervention by facilitating the renovation of the temporary Chamber.
He noted that it would further enhance the performance of their legislative duties
“We now have a more convenient place to carry out our legislative duties pending the total rehabilitation of the old structure by the executive arm”, he said.
The Chairman, House Committee on Information, Mr Olugbenga Omole while addressing journalists noted that the House was not in limbo as insinuated in some quarters.
He maintained that while the renovation of the temporary Chamber was on , members were busy with other legislative assignments such as committees’ meetings and oversight functions.
Omole called on the executive to fast track the rehabilitation of the old Hallowed Chamber to place it in a better stead for the performance of their legislative assignments.
He hinted that efforts were on to have a new magnificent chamber soon.
The lawmakers suspended all legislative duties in the old Hallowed Chamber sometime in July this year following the dillapidated state of the structure.
The state government came to its rescue by renovating a space in the assembly complex to temporarily facilitate execution of legislative activities pending the rehabilitation of the old structure.