Why we confirmed Caretaker Committees, appointments-ODHA
By Josephine Oguntoyinbo
Ondo State House of Assembly has declared that the reason for confirming the appointment of caretaker committees for the eighteen council areas of the state is to ensure no vacuum is created in the administration of local government before its election.
The house equally stated further that what was required of them before their dissolution, which was the inclusion of the list of supervisory councillors with the Caretaker Chairmen has been done.
During the plenary presided over by the Speaker of the house, Bamidele Oleyelogun, the house confirmed their appointment for the period of six months except two supervisors from ondo East ward 7 who was absent and Akure South ward 8 supervisor whose confirmation was differed.
This is sequel to the submission and consideration of report by the house committee on selection after proper screening exercise of the Caretaker Chairmen nominees and supervisory councillors from the eighteen council areas of the state.
While submitting the report, the Deputy speaker of the house, Iroju Ogundeji called for confirmation of the appointment of all the nominees and members of the interim management committees except two supervisors.
The Majority leader of the house, Jamiu Maito while moving a motion for the confirmation of their appointment, he read the letter sent to the house by the state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for the consideration of the interim nominees.
Thereafter, the Speaker read out the names of the eighteen interim management committees to be confirmed.
Oleyelogun however affirmed that the house has the power to dissolve the interim caretaker committees once the Ondo State Independent Electoral Commission, ODIEC is ready to conduct the local government election in the state.
He commended the lawmakers for calling off their recess to attend to the state emergency matter, even at a short notice.
The Speaker who applauded the leadership style of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for his non interference in performing their function, expressed satisfaction to the fixed date for the forthcoming local government elections in the state.
He enjoined all stakeholders to cooperate with the electoral body in ensuring a free and fair election.
Speaking with Journalists shortly after the plenary session, the Chairman house committee on information, Gbenga Omole said that the proper scrutiny is a clear demonstration of separation of power, noting that the exercise was at the best interest of the state.
According to him, the fresh confirmation of the Caretaker committees came on the heel of the letter sent to the house by the state government shortly after the dissolution on 3rd of January this year for non inclusion of the list of supervisory councillors with the Caretaker Chairmen.
The house thereafter proceeded on recess from Monday 13th of this month to 24th of February 2020.