Ogun State House of Assembly has acknowledged the request of the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, seeking the Assembly’s approval to access
N2.5bn in the ongoing Central Bank of Nigeria intervention fund towards strengthening the State Health Sector to enable it meet up with the rising demand for healthcare products and services.
Speaker of the Assembly, Rt. Hon. Olakunle Oluomo, who read the Governor’s letter, dated August 12, 2020 before the lawmakers at the Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, said the correspondence was received on August 27, 2020, adding that the request was in line with the programme of the present administration at improving health care delivery across the State.
“In line with the programme of our administration to improve health care delivery across the State, by providing effective and efficient healthcare facilities to the good people of our dear State, it becomes necessary for the State to participate in the ongoing intervention fund of the CBN, which is given at a single digit interest rate for a 10-year tenor”, the letter partly reads.
According to the Governor, accessing the facility would reduce health tourism to conserve foreign exchange, while providing long-term, low cost finance for healthcare infrastructure development that would lead to the evolvement of world-class healthcare facilities.
In another development, Speaker Oluomo has called on the State Internal Revenue Service (OGIRS) to extend its tax relief intervention to owners of Small and Medium Enterprises in the State, with a view to improving on the enabling and business-friendly environment put in place by the present administration.
The Speaker, who gave the directive while responding to the submissions of the Chief Whip and a member representing Odogbolu State Constituency, Hon. Atinuke Bello, under Personal Explanation, stated that the owners of such petty businesses deserved such in view of the adverse effects of Covid-19 pandemic which had affected the nation and global economy.
He thereafter directed the agency’s revenue tax enforcement team to engage the business owners with human face in their revenue generation drive.
Also, Oluomo appealed to the State Governor, to as a matter of urgency, engage the leadership of the various nations’ security formations, including the Police and the Nigerian Customs Service, on the need to curb overzealousness of their men and officers, especially on rule of engagements, in relation to their duties in border towns, to further strengthen security of lives and property in the areas.
The Speaker made the appeal while responding to submissions of a member representing Yewa North I State Constituency, Hon. Adegoke Adeyanju and his Yewa North II counterpart, Haruna Wahab, who decried the incessant harassment of their constituents by security operatives, who often mounted countless check points to extort law-abiding citizens during their daily business activities.
Oluomo, in response to the presentation of a member representing Odeda State Constituency, Hon. Oludaisi Elemide, who sought the intervention of government on the failed portion of Adatan-Ibadan road, equally directed the State Public Works Agency to liaise with the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA), to put palliative on the bad portions, in order to reduce road accidents.