Ondo Assembly To Reopen Chamber Amid Covid19 Fears



The Ondo state House of Assembly will on Monday July 6, reopen the doors of its chamber after its over one month recess lapsed.

The Precision NG reported that the assembly proceeded on a recess on May 21 after it received the documents on the alleged N4.3bn secret account been probed by the House Committee on Public Accounts.

In an advertorial the house placed in the Nigerian Tribune on Saturday, the speaker of the assembly, Rt Hon. Bamidele Oleyelogun in a statement signed by Clerk of the house, Bode Adeyelu urged members to resume to their duty since the recess ended on Friday, 3rd July.

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The statement further urged members to treat the advertorial as a matter of importance.

It is not clear why the assembly is reopening at this moment amid concerns that the state is recording high rate of covid19 patients.

Just on Tuesday, the governor of the state, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu announced that he has contracted covid19.

His wife, Betty Anyanwu is also reported to have contracted the virus though not official.

On Thursday, the commissioner for health in the state, Dr Wahab Adegbenro died after collapsing during a surgical session on a patient on Tuesday.

The family however said he did not die of covid19.

But there have been growing fears in the state due to the alarming rate in which the virus has been spreading.

Just last month when the governor alongside members of the assembly went to obtain Akeredolu’s nomination form to contest the July 20th primary election of the APC, a viral video emerged where the governor sneezed into his palm with the house members frolicking around him.

Concerns citizens of the state have been expressing worry that some of the members of the assembly in the viral video have refused to observe the covid19 protocol of self isolation even when it is clear that the governor whom they frolicked with in the viral video has tested positive.

Another dimension to the reopening of the house on Monday is that some residents of the state believed that it is a move to impeach the deputy governor of the state, Agboola Ajayi who had been at loggerheads with Akeredolu after defecting to the opposition PDP.

Akeredolu had insisted he won’t handover to him even when it is clear he can’t continue with state functions due to covid19.

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