By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
Following the gruesome murder of Hon. Gideon Aremu, Oyo State assemblyman, representing Oorelope constituency, a new occupier, Hon. Balogun Lukman Olawale, has been sworn-in by the Speaker of the Assembly, Hon. Michael Adeyemo, to replace the deceased lawmaker, following his emergence at the by-election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
While speaking after the swearing-in at an emergency sitting called by the state Assembly on Tuesday, Hon. Adeyemo disclosed that the newly-inaugurated lawmaker had undergone the necessary processes established by the 1999 Constitution as amended to fill the vacant seat of the late Hon. Aremu, adding that it became imperative, therefore, to swear him in as the constitution required.
In an interview with the House correspondents after the plenary, Hon. Balogun Lukman stated that he was determined to contribute his best to the development of his constituency and Oyo State at large.
He promised to uphold the principles and ethics of the state Assembly in order to forge ahead in the restoration and transformation agenda of the present administration in the state.
Meanwhile, the state Assembly has concluded debate and passed to the appropriate committee for further consideration, a bill on local government further amendment 2002.
In his comment on the bill, Hon. Adeyemo said the creation of the Local Council Development Areas in the state was long overdue, adding that since the development of grassroots was paramount to them, hence the consideration of the bill became expedient.
The speaker maintained that government could not sit back on the grounds of paucity of funds to do the needful, adding that government needed to move ahead to better the lives of the citizenry with better policies irrespective of the situation the state found itself.