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Ondo assembly complex worst in Nigeria, lawmakers insist

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Ondo State House of Assembly

A few days after the Ondo State House of Assembly denied invasion of snakes during plenary, the lawmakers have insisted that the assembly complex has the worst infrastructure in the country.

They also accused Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and his predecessors of refusal to release money for the renovation of the complex.

In a communiqué issued at the end of their parliamentary meeting at the speaker’s lodge in Akure yesterday, the lawmakers lamented the squalid state of the complex.

Chairman, House Committee on Information, Gbenga Omole, had revealed last week that snake was found inside the chamber last Wednesday, adding that the ceiling also caved in the following day.

He noted that the incidents prevented their plenary, as the house had to adjourn sitting indefinitely.

However, the speaker and some principal officers of the assembly later denied the reports, accusing the media of blowing the incident out of proportion.

But at the parliamentary meeting, the legislators accused Governor Akeredolu’s media team of manipulating the video recording of the governor’s inspection of the complex after the two incidents.

The speaker, Bamidele Oleyelogun, presided over the meeting as the lawmaker representing Ese-Odo Constituency, Mr. Success Torukerijo, read the communiqué.

“We want to re-state and re-affirm that on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, a snake fell from the ceiling into the chamber of the assembly. On Thursday, July 25, 2019, part of the ceiling caved in and fell into the chamber, preventing us from holding a scheduled meeting inside the chamber.

“We take exception to the doctored video released from the media office of the governor, as it did not reflect what transpired when the governor visited the assembly on Friday, July 26, 2019, and we will not want to join issues (with them) by releasing the original version of the tape,” the document read in part.

When contacted, the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, refused to comment on the matter.


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