By Tunde Oyekola, Osogbo
In a bid to keep its roads safe and clean, the Government of Osun State has directed that all abandoned vehicles on the roads across the state to be removed immediately.
Rising from the State Executive Council meeting, the Media Adviser to the Governor, Mr. Sola Fasure in a statement stated that henceforth in the state, it has now become an offence for vehicles to be parked indiscriminately or abandoned on any of Osun road.
Council held that Osun Council has directed the Ministry of works to remove all such vehicles and keep the roads free, adding that owners of such vehicles would pay fine to collect them back.
The Media Adviser also noted that government came up with the decision having viewed that such vehicles constitute grave security risk for it can be used for criminal purposes.
The statement quoted in part, “At the end of the meeting of the Executive Council of the State of Osun, council condemned indiscriminate parking and abandonment of vehicles on the roads across the state, especially in the cities.
“These have grave security implications. The first is that abandoned vehicles could be used for criminal purposes. Also, abandoned vehicles could and often cause road accidents.
“For the safety of human lives therefore, residents whose vehicles are parked on the roads are enjoined to remove them forthwith. Council directed the Ministry of Works to remove all such vehicles and keep the roads free. Owners of such vehicles would pay fine to collect them back”.
On the State of Osun Assets Management Bill, 2017, Council debates exhaustively on the draft bill, stating that the bill will give legal teeth to the State of Osun Assets Management Agency (OSAMA) that was established in February 2017.
Council stressed that the agency would hold records of all government assets; manage them effectively for optimal performance and longevity.
It also added that council has approved the19-page draft bill to be divided into 37 sections and directed that it be presented to the State House of Assembly as Executive Bill to be passed into law.
The statement also read, “Council was informed that a Nigerian Paralympic athlete, Mujidat Olaitan Ibrahim, has won silver medal at the ongoing World Paralympic Games in Mexico.
“She achieved this feat in power-lifting where she narrowly missed the gold medal. Mujidat, an indigene of Osun, was sponsored to participate at the games by the State Government of Osun.
“Council congratulated her and wished her more laurels in future games. Council also congratulated the Nigeria Paralympics Federation and expressed the hope that Mujidat’s exploits would encourage other
special persons to make a success of their lives, their physical handicap notwithstanding”.