Ondo assembly’s ceiling caves in as snake chases legislators off plenary
There was pandemonium at Ondo State House of Assembly yesterday, as the ceilings of the chamber eventually caved in during plenary. It was a day after a snake chased the lawmakers out of the building during Yoruba sitting.
According to a source within the house, the lawmakers had rushed out of the chamber on Wednesday, leaving the reptile to escape.
Speaker of the house, Bamidele Oleyelogun, escaped injury by the whiskers, as the collapsing ceiling landed very close to his seat after he had run for dear life.
However, the complex built by the late Michael Ajasin, who governed the state between 1979 and 1983, is a shadow of itself after many years without renovation.
The dilapidated assembly complex was part of the agitations of the eighth assembly members, who demanded its prompt renovation and financial autonomy.
Rising from a session last year when lawmakers were visibly fanning themselves, the deputy speaker, Ogundeji Iroju, decried the deplorable state of the complex built over four decades ago.
Iroju, who is also the deputy speaker of the ninth assembly, had said, “We also decry the deplorable condition of the entire House of Assembly complex and appeal to the executive governor, who is also the custodian of the state’s resources, to assist us.”
Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Gbenga Omole, recounted, “Yesterday (Wednesday) when we were about to enter into plenary, a big snake just ran out of the chamber, which disrupted our sitting and we had to hurriedly leave the chamber.
“We are about to sit again today when a ceiling caved in directly where Mr. Speaker was sitting. The whole house was agitated and when we looked around, we saw the damage termites had done to most of the woodwork at the chamber. At that point, we had to call ourselves and adjourned the sitting.”
Without mincing words, Omole stated, “That chamber is no longer good for legislative business and because of that we decided to adjourn indefinitely. The house will be going on an indefinite recess.
“We need to intimate the governor about this development and we have decided to meet him on this. Mr. Governor is aware of part of the infrastructural decay here.”
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