Ogun lawmakers cry out over increase of mentally deranged, destitutes in state capital.


Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta

Members of Ogun State House of Assembly have expressed their concerns over the alarming increase of mentally deranged and destitutes across the state capital, Abeokuta describing the situation as worrisome.

The Speaker of the state assembly, Rt Hon Olakunle Oluomo has therefore called on the Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs Funmi Efuape as well as other related government agencies to immediately begin evacuation of these destitutes with a view to taking them to rehabilitation centres.

This is just as the Assembly also called for collaborative efforts amongst the relevant government’s agencies, security agencies and traditional rulers to rid the society of cult clashes and kidnapping.

Speaking during their sitting on Tuesday, the lawmakers also reported the filthy surroundings and unhygienic situation of the abattoir at the Kara Market- a cattle and ram sales settlement along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, as well as the need for the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA)  to expedite action on the repair of some of its roads in the State.

The legislator, including the Deputy Speaker, Dare Kadiri, Chief Whip, Atinuke Bello, Deputy Majority Leader, Abdul Bashir Oladunjoye, Minority Leader, Ganiyu Oyedeji as well as Yusuf Adejojo, expressed the need for the immediate actions and intervention by the security agencies, relevant Government’s agencies as well as other stakeholders in addressing some of the issues bordering on security challenge, health and well beings of the people in some parts of the State as well as road rehabilitation.

The lawmakers alongside their colleagues including Oludaisi Elemide, Kemi Oduwole and Akeem Balogun, also commended the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun on the various road projects carried out in their constituencies with a call for more constructions and rehabilitation to aid human and vehicular movements, especially as the festive period approaches.

Responding, Speaker Oluomo opined that the issue of security remained a tripartite duty of the community, government and security agencies, with a renewed call on the various security formations to strengthen their operations, especially on intelligence gathering especially in communities across Odogbolu and Sagamu  Constituencies.

He equally directed the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to expand its scope of operations beyond mere application of palliative on a particular spot on the Obantoko road through the holistic rehabilitation of Federal roads to alleviate the suffering of the road users

The Speaker also urged the State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure to engage its various contractors on the construction of speed-limit breakers on all the newly constructed roads across the State with a view to reducing road carnages often caused by overspeeding of reckless drivers.

Oluomo directed the State Assembly joint committee on Agriculture, Health and Environment to conduct an on-the-spot-assessment visit to the Kara Market to ascertain the state of compliance to environmental and health standards and report back to the Assembly for further legislative actions.