Ogun State House of Assembly has called on the management of the Nigeria Customs Service to caution its officers to follow standard rule of engagements by ensuring well-guided operations in enforcing the directive of Federal Government in border areas, with a view to protecting the sanctity of human lives in the State.
The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Olakunle Oluomo, made the call while responding to the submissions of members including; Honourables Sikiratu Ajibola, Haruna Wahab and Adegoke Adeyanju, who spoke under Personal Explanation, at the Assembly plenary, held at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
Oluomo enjoined the people living in border areas to desist from smuggling of contraband items or any act that could lead to the breach of security, while decrying the recklessness on the part the officers and men of the Nigeria Customs Service.
The Speaker, who acknowledged the efforts of members of the National Assembly from the State at bringing the sensitive issue to the notice of the Federal Government and other appropriate authorities, stressed the need to avoid any act that could lead to loss of lives of innocent people in any part of the State.
In the same vein, the State House of Assembly has lent its voice in support of the State Government’s call on relevant Federal Government agencies, including the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and Office of the Ecological Fund, to provide necessary support, including relief materials, so as to give succour to victims of flash floods in some parts of the State.
Oluomo made the call while responding to the submissions of Honourables Abdul Oladunjoye, Adeniran Ademola, Ganiyu Oyedeji and Akeem Balogun, who reported the plights of their constituents during the recent rain, which resulted into flooding that rendered many people homeless.
He equally warned the people to help protect the environment, avoid dumping refuse in drainage and desist from erecting structures on water ways to avoid flooding.
In another development, Speaker Oluomo acknowledged the receipt of Governor Dapo Abiodun’s correspondence, transmitting “A Bill for a Law to provide for the Public Private Partnerships, Establish the Office of Public Private Partnerships, Promote the Development of Infrastructure and Service Delivery in Ogun State and for Related Matters”, to the lawmakers, shortly after the commencement of their recess barely three weeks ago.
Also, the bill on the Ogun State Audit Law, 2019, scaled first reading on the floor of the House during the Assembly plenary after it was read for the first time by the Ag. Clerk, Mr. Deji Adeyemo.
Head, Information Unit, OGHA