The Oyo State House of Assembly has passed another four executive bills into laws to make it eight in the last three sittings.
The bills include Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry, Ministry of Public Works, Infrastructure and Transport as well as Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Inclusion.
The speedy passage of the bills is in line with the intention of Governor Seyi Makinde to have a structural adjustment of the ministries to put the state on the path of posterity and upgrade its governance to a global practice.
While speaking on the introduction of Ministry of Energy, the Chairman, House Committee on Science and Technology and lawmaker representing Kajola State Constituency, Hon. Mustapha Olawale Akeem noted that the ministry is to develop capacity to explore the state power creation potential.
He said that the Ministry will be charged with the responsibility of strategizing, promoting and developing sustainable policies for energy planning to ensure availability of reliable energy for all residents in of Oyo State as well as making the state an investment destination.
He said, “As a State, we shall continue engagement with Federal Government of Nigeria, Ministry of Power and its Agencies to align power reform policies and implementation through this ministry.”
Speaking on the bills, the lawmaker representing Iseyin/Itesiwaju State constituency, Hon. Bamidele Adeola noted that the new ministries is to restructure the existing ones and adjust how their components are married.
He maintained that the present government is aiming to break out of the old norms, adding that if the ministries are properly handle it will bring lot of change to Oyo State.
“There are no new ministries, we can only call it a kind of reshuffle because the aim is to marry the right and suitable components together to form a ministries.
“For instance, the former ministry of agriculture and natural resources is proposed to become ministry of agriculture and rural development which we believe will make it more effective.
“We just calling on the executive to ensure round pegs are placed in round holes, so that the strategy and efforts would not be seen as mere body exercise if there are no corresponding results.”
In his remark, the Speaker of the house, Rt. Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin assured that the lawmakers had dotted the ‘Is’ and cross the ‘Ts’ on the bills before being passed to ensure they serve their Purpose.
“We have thoroughly reviewed the bills and we assure our people that the ministries will serve their intended purposes.”
It will be recalled that the Oyo State House of Assembly has passed four bills into laws in their last two sitting to make it eight bills that have been passed.
By Adekunle Adegboyega