By: Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
In his renewed effort to boot agriculture, the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi has notified the state’s House of Assembly of his plans to borrow N2.42 billion (£5 million) to purchase tractors for farming in the state.
The governor made this known in a letter issued and sent to members of the House at Thursday’s plenary and read by the Speaker, Hon. Michael Adeyemo.
While deliberating on the letter, the Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, Hon. Musa Abdulwasi, commended the initiative of the executive arm aimed at enhancing agricultural development in the state, urging the governor to make judicious use of the fund to achieve a laudable goal of promoting agricultural development in the state if granted.
In a divergent comment, a member representing Ibadan North 11 State Constituency, Hon. Segun Olaleye, said the matter should not be discussed on the floor of the House but at the parliamentary caucus meeting.
Another lawmaker, representing Ibadan South West in the Assembly, Hon. Segun Ajanaku, supported Olaleye’s position, as he maintained that the matter was a sensitive one that needed not to be discussed in the open.
On the contrary, the speaker said the matter should be discussed on the floor of the House, noting that it was a matter that was in interest of all people of the state and journalists needed to witness the deliberation, while directing that the matter should be forwarded to the committee on Appropriation and Agriculture and present a report to the House at the plenary next week Tuesday, for deliberation on the floor of the Assembly after unanimous agreement.
In another development, the House in a motion, has called for the preservation and promotion of the state’s cultural attributes, noting that the continuous evolution of western civilization and globalization has eroded virtually all aspects of Yoruba culture.
While presenting the motion before other lawmakers, Hon. Muideen Olagunju, representing Oyo East/West State Constituency, noted with disdain lack of vocations that could have attracted the phenomenon of cultural tourism for the state.
The House, in a robust discussion of the motion, urged the state government to revive and strengthen the state’s Council for Culture.
Similarly, they sought for a special fund for the purpose of having a steady flow of resources in the quest to re-position the cultural heritage of the state, while the House called for the involvement of traditional rulers in the state, as custodians and repository of cultural values, in the task of preserving and promoting the state’s cultural heritage.