Oyo lawmakers suspend strike, resume sitting.
All the members of the Oyo State House of Assembly yesterday resumed sitting after a 12-day boycott. Speaking at the house session, Speaker of the House, Hon Michael Adeyemo said there is no crisis with Governor Abiola Ajimobi.
It would be recalled that IBPulse reported that a total of 20 lawmakers in the state had embarked on strike to protest the government’s non-payment of their salaries and allowances for three months.
The decision to resume was reached at the end of a meeting the lawmakers had with Governor Ajimobi at his residence in Ibadan during which the governor reportedly tasked the lawmakers, led by their Speaker, Hon Micheal Adeyemo, to continue to perform their legislative duties as he would address the issues raised by the lawmakers.
The governor reportedly did not give a definite time as to when the owed arrears would be cleared, but only assured that their welfare would be given priority as soon as the finances of the state improved. The meeting agreed that the lawmakers should continue to hold their sittings as scheduled and should continue to perform their statutory duties as legislators.
Speaking with journalists at the Oyo NUJ Press Centre, Iyaganku Ibadan, the Speaker Hon Adeyemo declared that the lawmakers are ready and are up to the task as the house is poised for effective lawmaking that will better the lots of people of the state’
The Speaker who said the Oyo lawmakers did not boycott sitting over unpaid salary and allowances, explained that, “last Thursday I was away in Ilorin for the conference of Speakers of States Houses of Assembly.
“So, by not sitting on that day doesn’t mean we are on strike, legislatures don’t strike .There is no crisis and we are up to the task, the house is poised for effective lawmaking that will better the lots of people of the state.”