Ogun assembly partners executive on promotion of local content
The Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Olakunle Oluomo, says Assembly under his leadership will continue to complement the current administration in the State led by Governor Dapo Abiodun for the effective promotion of local content with a view to empowering different vocations and sectors to grow the economy of the State through the enactment of relevant legislations.
Oluomo dropped the hint while speaking at a day forum on Citizens Conversation with Elected Public Officials organised by the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in conjunction with the German foundation- Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) held in Abeokuta.
He stated that government agencies such as the newly created Ogun State Public Works Agency via the recent amendment to the OGROMA law by the Assembly was committed to ensuring that artisans, traders and small scale businesses amongst others enjoy the patronage of the agency in all its maintenance and rehabilitation activities across the State.
The Speaker reiterated the need for the active participation of youth in the political activities, as according to him, power was never served on a platter of gold, assuring that the 9th Legislature under his leadership would continue to protect the interest of the people, especially the physically challenged and other vulnerable groups.
According to him, there was need to develop the people, train them on how to run their businesses successfully thereby enhancing wealth creation, while commending Prince Dapo Abiodun led administration for creating wealth through the recently launched anchor borrowers scheme and ‘Owo Okowo Dapo’ meant to empower business operators in the State.
He added that the Assembly supported the autonomy for the Local Government Councils, saying the local government was unable to secure their autonomy in the last constitution amendment because only 12 State Legislatures including Ogun State House of Assembly supported it out of 26 required by the constitution.
He noted that the financial autonomy granted the State Houses of Assembly would further deepen democracy in the nation, promising that as representatives of the people, the members of the 9th Legislature in the State were irrevocably committed to serving the people through quality representation and enactment of people-oriented legislations.
Also, the Director General, National Orientation Agency, Dr Garba Abari represented by the agency’s National Director in charge of Political, Civil, Ethics and Values, Mrs Ngozi Ekeoba, tasked participants at the forum to come up with useful contributions that could assist legislators in making relevant enabling legislations that would strengthen the nation’s democracy and improve people’s well-being.
In his speech, the NOA Director in the State, Sola Babalola, said citizens’ conversation with elected public officials remained a formidable avenue for promoting all inclusive governance, enhance rule of law, while promoting transparency and accountability in the conduct of government activities.
He added that such platform of engagement provided opportunities for people to engage their leaders, thus making governance more participatory in practices as people lend their voices into the system of governance.
In their separate submissions, Dr Olusola Oyero, Head of Department of Mass Communication, Convenant University, Ola Animasaun and Ayo Aderinwale, Coordinator of OOPL Foundation, in their papers quality sought for promotion of good governance which would deliver democratic dividends to the people, thereby enhancing national development.