The House of Assembly in the six States in Southwest will simultaneously hold public hearings on Operation Amotekun Bill on Monday.
Speakers Mudashiru Obasa (Lagos); Kunle Oluomo (Ogun); Adebo Ogundoyin (Oyo); Bamidele Oleyelogun (Ondo); Timothy Owoeye (Osun) and Funminiyi Afuye (Ekiti) made the next line of action for Operation Amotekun known at a meeting in Ibadan over the weekend.
“Upon receipt of the ‘Amotekun Bill’ by the Houses of the State Assembly in the southwest, the Speakers of the Houses of the State Assembly in the region (under the auspices of the Conference of Speakers of the Legislative Assemblies of the Southwest) converged on Ibadan, Oyo State in Friday, February 14, 2020, about this important bill, ”said Oleyelgun in a statement on Sunday.
The speakers met the day after the region’s governors met in Lagos with Inspector General (IG) Mohammed Adamu and agreed to the safety outfit.
They (speakers) agreed to meet with attorney generals in the states after public hearings in the states to review the content.
The five-paragraph statement says: “After exhaustive deliberation, the Conference decided that, as a matter of urgency, all six Houses of the Assembly should take proper action in the process of approving the Bill.
“In this regard, the Conference also determined that all Houses of the Assembly should simultaneously hold public hearings on the Bill in their respective states on Monday, February 24, 2020.
“The Southwest Legislative Assembly Speakers Conference urges all people in the Southwest to attend and make significant contributions to the bill that regulates the protection of lives and property in their respective states.
“Subsequently, the Conference of Speakers will meet to meet with the Attorneys General of the States to address all conflicting areas and review the content of the reports generated at public hearings to harmonize the proposed law.”
Parliamentarians who were in recess were asked to resume tomorrow to reset the account.
On Sunday, the Ekiti Council of Elders urged governors not to politicize the recruitment of personnel for clothing, warning that it could hamper their efforts.
The elders noted that safety net personnel would be instrumental in ending the growing wave of insecurity in the southwest.
Speaking at a press conference in Ado-Ekiti over the weekend, Chairman of the Board, Prof. Joseph Oluwasanmi and Secretary-General Niyi Ajibulu said that governors should look beyond the party’s borders when recruiting people of impeccable character and integrity.
They said: “We must not allow eggs and bad policies to tarnish this great initiative. The Council orders the Ekiti government and others to ensure that only persons of impeccable character and unquestionable past are appointed to the security council.
In addition, Amotekun personnel must be carefully scrutinized so as not to attract people who would eventually become an impediment to the good intention of the whole idea.
“The Council is happy that, for the first time, Yoruba leaders and opinion leaders are on the same page in a matter of interest to the Yoruba nation. Consequently, the Council believes that gradually the Yoruba nation would speak with one voice on other matters that would promote the Yoruba nation.
“The Council dispels fear in some sectors that non-Yoruba in the southwest are the target of the training. Instead, the security outfit will allow Yoruba to remain good and accommodate hosts for whom they are known. “