The Oyo State House of Assembly has expressed worry over accumulated salary arrears of staff of various local government areas (LGAs) in the state, praying Governor Abiola Ajimobi considers giving a bailout to the most indebted LGAs.
Chief Whip, Honourable Akinmoyede Wasiu who brought the situation to the notice of the house, decried that the LGAs were usually left with the inadequate funds as distributed by the State Joint Local Government Account Allocation Committee after the salary of primary school teachers had been statutorily deducted.
He listed the most affected local governments as Lagelu LG, owing seven to eight months; Ibadan North West and Egbeda indebted to the tune of six to seven months’ salary arrears while Ogbomoso North, Ogbomoso South, Oluyole and Ona Ara local governments had three to four months’ salary arrears.
In his final remarks on the subject matter, Speaker of the Assembly, Honourable Olagunju Ojo said he alongside principal officers of the Assembly would meet with the state governor with a view to finding ways to clear the arrears.
Amendment to the Oyo State Environmental Protection Agency bill, 2018, also passed the second reading stage at Tuesday’s plenary
The bill as presented by Honourable Wumi Oladeji of Ogbomoso North constituency aims at regulating the activities of liquefied natural gas wholesalers and retailers and stipulating conditions for their licensing and safety procedure.
Other intents of the amendment are to ensure that no person operates the business of wholesale or retail of liquefied natural gas except without making provision for fire extinguisher, being in a location easily accessible to fire fighting vehicle.
Furthermore, the bill seeks to ensure that the liquefied natural gas business is not carried out in a vicinity of inflammable materials such as acetylene welding operations, naked flames and mobile phone devices.