1. SCORE CARD: 8 of 26 Osun Assembly  Members Sponsor Bills in over 3 Years

 

Assembly passed 6 bills in 39 months

 

In their over three years stay in the Chambers , only eight of 26 members of the seventh Osun State House of Assembly , have sponsored bills ,Insightmedia has learnt.

 

Insight Media gathered that the seventh  Assembly, which  was  inaugurated on June 6th , 2019, has, at first week of September,2022, passed 26 bills all together, while two are at different stages of legislation.

 

 

Leading the chart of the lawmakers with bills is the Speaker , Timothy  Owoeye, who has  seven bills  to his credits.

 

Among his bills passed  are:

State  of Osun Security Network Agency & Amotekun Corps Bill,2020; State  of Osun  Anti Kidnapping  and other related  Crimes Bill,2020; State of Osun Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Bill, 2020 and others, including most recently , University of Ilesa Establishment Bill.

 

 

The Speaker represents Ilesa East  State  Constituency.

 

 

The Deputy Speaker, Femi Popoola who represents Bolawaduro/ Boripe State Constituency  also sponsored two Bills in the Assembly .

Insight Media also gathered that the Deputy is a returning member having  first occupied  the seat between 1999 and 20o3.

 

Other lawmakers who  have presented bills according  to the Assembly ‘s documents exclusively obtained  by Insight Media are the majority  leader  and member  representing  Irewole/ Isokan State Constituency , Maruf Olanrewaju; lawmaker representing  Ayedire Constituency , Gbenga Ogunkanmi jointly presented a bill titled: State of Osun  Legislative Funds Management Bill,2021 with Taiwo Adebayo Olodo  of Ayedaade Constiuency.

 

 

 

Lawmaker representing Obokun  tate Constituency , Adewumi Adeyemi  is the only member of the minority  caucus that has bill to his  name, as  he co-sponsored  Osun Youth Development Commission(establishment bill) with the Speaker.

 

Member representing Atakumosa, Babatunde Festus Komolafe, in 2021 presented his only  bill titled: State of Osun Local Government Administration Amendment Bill and it was passed by the Assembly months later.

 

The last private member bill was presented in August 2022 by the Chairman House Committee on health , Elizabeth Abioye of Ifedayo State  Constituency  and is seeking establishment  of an act to govern Osun.

 

 

Health Committee as co-sponsors of the bill. The other Lawmakers are Desmond Ojo(Oriade), Lekan  Olatunji(Ife North), Adewale Adedoyin(Ilesa West) and Israel  Oyekunle(Ejigbo)

 

The bill  is currently at the second reading  in the Assembly.

 

Analysis of the Bills

Out of the 26 bills in over three years, 1 are Executive Bills, while 12 are Private Member Bills and the other  is a judiciary bill sent by  the State Judiciary.

 

The Assembly did well in the area of legislations to combat  insecurity as  two blills were sponsored  and passed  by the Parliament. The bills are Osun Security  and Amotekun Corps Bill and Anti-kidnapping  Bill, both sponsored  by the Speaker.

 

 

In the area of Education, the recently  passed University of Ilesa  Estsablishment  Bill and Osun State  College of Health  amendment  Bill were passed. But no bill addressing  the proliferation  of Private Schools  and their standards in the State, among  other issues  confronting  the basic education.

 

To address the challenges at the Health Sector, two bills were sponsored  by the lawmakers and one  by the Executive . Two have been  passed while  the other is at the second reading.

 

 

 

 

According the analysis, the bills passed  has shown  no interest in  the public favour, leading  to a poor administration by the members of the  House  of Assembly , no member in three years has passed a bill in response  to the needs and plight  of their respective  Constituencies.

 

 

One of the most  essential bills  that should have been  passed is the bill that  is against illegal  mining  in several local government of the States that has polluted  streams, rivers and Sacred Osun River.

 

Although , Mining  is on the exclusive  list, regulation of its impact  on he environment  is local and requires State government   to regulate.

 

 

 

It’s a poor performance-Experts, CSO react.

Development experts and members of Civil Society  Organisattions in the State , have described  the performance  of the State House of Assembly  as ‘’very poor’’, stating  that the 7th Assembly may go down  the history  as the worst  parliament  in the history  of the State.

 

 

Executive Director of  Vault Consulting, Dare Adeoye while  speaking  with our Correspondent, said, the poor performance  of the Assembly  under Owoeye is as a result  of lack of knowledge and experience by the majority  of the lawmakers in the Parliament.

 

 

 

 

 

‘’Seriously speaking, I never knew that their performance is this poor, 28 bills in 3 years and 3 months. I think to the best of my knowledge , this would  be the worst we can have  from the State  House of Assembly  in recent time.

 

When we talk about putting  wrong person  in power, this is what we are talking about. When people who really know the rudiments of  being  lawmakers   are given the privilege and opportunity  of being  at the State Parliament, not these rubber-stamp people.’’

 

‘’And  I think  from my little experience, I know  some of them that are very active, about two  or three of them. But the politics  in the House is affecting  them too, as the Speaker  would never  consider them  for anything. Even when they raise their hands up for any debate, he (Speaker) will kill their voice.

 

 

‘’So, when we allow the governor or the political parties to choose  for us, this is what we get  and by  mere looking  to the details of what  you have said, we cannot get  the best  from people  who are chosen for us  and not allowing  us to choose  for ourselves.’’

‘’I tell you , they don’t know what it means  to be lawmakers. I mean,  to represent  the interest of the people. By the time we look  at all the 30 local government areas, one would  discover that their’s none without  its identified issue.

 

Issues are meant to be presented at the House of Assembly for legislation and probably  a law enacted  in that respect. But many lawmakers  lack the knowledge’’.

 

In  his reaction, Ayo Ologun , Spokesperson  of Transparency and Accountability Group  also corroborated  the stand of Adeoye. He said, the current House of Assembly, is populated  by members who  became lawmakers  on the basis of  loyalty and political sentiments.

 

 

 

He said, ‘’This 7th Assembly will go down  in  history  as one  of the most docile  Assembly   , not only  in the history of Osun  State but in the history  of the country as a whole. And this is  not far  fetched ; you know  people  cannot give what  they don’t have.

 

 

When you nominate people into offices or you nominate people them to contest election  to become honourable members of the House of Assembly on the basis of political  loyalty, on the basis of interest of  political leaders, this is what you get.

 

 

 

‘’Yet the question will be why is their antecedents, what is  the capacity of the members of the House of Assembly. How many  of  them have a a name  prior to  when they  become  member of  the House of Assembly?  What  were they known  for except  for a few , may be (Lekan) Olatunji , Irekandu (Adewumi Adeyemi) and  few others who had pedigree.

 

You can hardly single out 5 or more  members  of the Osun  State House of Assembly who had a pedigree who are  known  for something  before  becoming  members  of the House of Assembly , including the Speaker.

 

 

Virtually , all of them became House of Assembly  Member and Principal Office Holder of the House of Assembly  based on  political  party components’’.

 

 

 

 

 

Ologun  advised  the electorates in Osun  to ensure  people  with required knowledge   and skills are elected  into the 8th  Assembly.

 

 

 

 

The Performance is not Too Poor-Bukola Idowu

 

The Executive Director of Kimpact Development Initiative, Mr  Bukola  Idowu described  the performance  of the House of Assembly as ‘’not too poor’’, stating that passing 26 bills in  39 months is above average. He however,  said  the impact  of the bills on the lives of the  people is the most important.

 

 

 

‘’I will say   that they have not  done  badly . Why  I am saying  this is that  when you look at  it in terms of the number of bills  you passed in three years, if they  have passed 26 bills , that means 26 laws  have been added to  the laws  of Osun State.

 

So,  you can  imagine  the number  of laws we have  in the State, adding  6  to it for me , is not the issue. The issue is whether the citizens are  even  aware  of those laws ?w Most times, they just  pass ed laws and citizens are not aware  of those laws as they  (the laws) may not  have impact  on them.

 

Moreso,  if you look at the 6th House of Assembly, you would understand that  it was terrible  than this 7th House of Assembly. They passed  several  laws   that the current  administration  has repealed and some  of their laws  will also be repealed by the incoming administration.  An example of such law  is  the law changing local government  administration  to parliamentary system’’.

 

 

 

Idowu  also  advocated the sensitization of electorates on the role  of the parliament.

 

 

‘’As we move into another election  year , people of the State  must be enlightened  that on what  the roles of a lawmaker is.  The performance  of  a lawmaker  is not about  bringing Transformer  or borehole  t the community. The Executive jobs are different from the Parliamentarian. People   must know this’’.

 

Number of bills doesn’t make lawmaker a performer-Assembly Spokesperson

 

The Spokesperson  of the House of Assembly  and member , representing  Olorunda  State Constituency, Kunle  Akande said the number of  bills  presented  by a lawmaker  has nothing to do with  his or her performance.

 

 

He said, the  bills  are presented based  on needs of the State  and not  on any  other basis.

 

Akande  said, ’’Bills are not presented like a fanfare, bills are presented  on the basis  of needs and they  are not supposed  to be duplicated.

 

We  have  more than  enough  laws  to govern  Osun and Nigeria. So, it’s not the number of bills  that make a lawmaker  a performer. Our  people  must understand that’’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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