Oriade Local Government Area in the State of Osun went agog yesterday as top dignitaries and notable politicians stormed the commissioning of water borehole projects facilitated by Arc. Babatunde Desmond Ojo, the honourable member representing Oriade LGA at the State of Osun House of Assembly.
The projects which are situated at Ipetu Ijesa and Ijebu Ijesa towns were commissioned by the Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Timothy Owoeye. In his remarks, the speaker applauded Hon. Desmond for his unwavering commitment to the pledges he made to the people during his electioneering campaigns. He further stated that the lawmaker has been very participatory and contributory to matters arising within the legislative arm of government which has resulted in the progress recorded by the 7th assembly in the last one year.
In his speech, Arc. Babatunde Desmond Ojo reiterated his unflinching stance on bringing the dividends of democracy to his constituents. He reiterated that he will not leave anyone or town behind and will not be tired in his responsibility to deliver qualitative representation to the people of Oriade. He said the commissioning of these two boreholes is indeed an auspicious event, something you’ve been waiting for, for a long time. “I can tell you that your waiting days are over and I applaud you for your tolerance and patience”.
He further seized the moment to highlight some of his achievements since assumption of office. “In the last one year that I have been privileged to represent Oriade, I have discharged the core legislative duties of lawmaking, representation and oversight adequately. With respect to representation, I have been a very loud voice for the development of Oriade within the chambers of the House, within government circles and even beyond despite being the only elected political office holder of our party in the Federal Constituency. In terms of lawmaking, I have raised three different motions on matters on urgent public importance on the floor of the house and submitted three different bills for passage into law (Mention the Motions and Bills) even as I have always contributed robustly to different debates on the floor of the house. By the benevolence of my Rt. Honourable Speaker, I was appointed Chairman of the House Committee on Lands, Physical Planning and Urban Development, Deputy Chairman of the House Committee on Health and member of the Committee on Works, Committee on Women Affairs and Committee on Media and other AdHoc Committees of the house and I have continued to make a huge impact in terms of legislative oversight on the executive arm of government. Within this one year that we have been in office, we have offered over 12 major employments to beneficiaries in Oriade; provided 24 Technical College Scholarship; influenced over 25 Vocational employments to constituents; nominated over 40 constituents for different state empowerment opportunities and sponsored 60 Free JAMB UTME forms to indigent students of Oriade. We also opened two constituency offices and friendship centres in Ijebu Ijesa and Ipetu Ijesa for easier accessibility by our people. We equally provided an ATM Gallery in Ward 11 to which we expect the provision of ATM by the bank soonest; while our relief funds and food materials distributed to over 1000 beneficiaries during the Covid-19 imposed lockdown was done in a spectacular way where I walked through the streets of all of the 12 Wards in Oriade to personally distribute food materials to the women and aged as well as cash gifts to our fathers.
Other dignitaries at the event were the Chairmen of Oriade LGA and Oriade South LCDA,honourable members of the State of Osun House of Assembly, APC Leaders, Royal fathers , NURTW members Market women amongst others.