Saturday 6 June 2020

One Year of Timothy Owoeye as Osun Number 3 Citizen; Echoes of His Interventions in Ilesa East State Constituency

"Nothing happens in any legislative body that's not purposeful."- Dan Webster
It is exactly one year today that Rt. Hon. Timothy Owoeye assumed office as the 5th Speaker of Osun State. He hails from Ilesa where he grew up and had his primary and secondary education. His political constituency is therefore the Ilesa East State constiuency comprising of Ilesa East local government and Ilesa North East Local Council Development Area (LCDA).

The lawmaker, was the immediate past majority leader of the 6th Assembly and was the Minority Leader in the 4th Assembly.

He represented his constituency between 1999-2002 as a Councilor, Ward 10, of Ilesa East Local Government.

In the words of Thomas Fuller, "charity begins at home, but should not end there." So, the aim of this article is to look at the intervention of Rt. Hon. Timothy Owoeye on the people of his state constituency in the past one year.
"We should be remembered for the things we do. The things we do are the most important things of all. They are more important than what we say or what we look. The things we do outlast our mortality. They're like pyramids that the Egyptians built to honour the Pharaohs. Only instead of being made out od stones, they're made out of memories people have of you."- R. J. Palacio

The first function of Rt. Hon. Timothy Owoeye as the Speaker of OSHA, is to lead the Assembly at making laws and this process comprises a number of steps. this article will first provide information on his achievements legislation wise since his inauguration on the 6th of June, 2019, three hundred and sixty-five days ago.

Taking into cognisance the fact that since he was installed as the Speaker, his constituency has been enlarged as the whole state, Owoeye has led the 7th Assembly on a peaceful collaboration with the Executive, led by Governor Gboyega Oyetola .

Asides, confirming governor Gboyega Oyetola's commissioners and Special Advisers, screening and confirmation of the President Osun Court of Appeal, Mrs. Foluke Awolalu and the screen and confirmation of the Chairman andmembers of osun state Independent Electoral Commission, the 7th OSHA has passed the following bills into law:
* The Osun Kidnapping and other related crimes Prohibition Bill.
* The Osun Security Network Agency and AMOTEKUN Corps Bill 2020
* The Osun Public Financial Management Bill.
* The Osun revenue Administration and Tax Codefication and Consolidation Bill.
* The Osun Youth Development Commission Establishment Bill 2020.
* The Osun Local Government Areas Creation and Administration Amendment Bill 2020
Special mention should be made of the Osun College of Health Technology Ilesa Establishment Bill 2020 that witnessed an accelerated passing.

Owoeye's politics is rooted among his people, he has always lived with them so he knows there needs and aspiration. Since his installation as the Speaker, he has never missed any weekend with his people in Ilesa the workload of his office notwithstanding. He is assisting and contributing immensely to the private financial needs of many of his people.

He once organized a Free JAMB Forms initiative of Timothy Owoeye Foundation where he gathered 247 students aspiring to take 2020 Joint Admission and Matriculation Board Examination to secure a place to study in Nigerian University,  at the Assembly Hall of Ilesa Government High School and gave them JAMB forms PIN numbers.

Also, he has being playing prominent role at lifting the burdens of so many patients of the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH), Wesley Guild, Ilesa. Watch and listen to the testimony of Mr. Benson Adekunle on this.

On Sunday 5th April, 2020, Rt. Hon. Owoeye distributed food items to his constituents, to cushion the effects of  the stay-at-home order given by the state government to contain the coronavirus pandemic. The palliatives that included bags of rice, beans and Semolina were distributed to communities of Ilesa East and Ilesa North East Local Councils irrespective of political or religious consideration.
As we celebrate his one year of meritorious service to the people of Osun and the Ilesa people that voted him en masse at the Osun House of Assembly election of March 9, 2019, it is our collective wish at Kakaki Oodua Media Services that God will continue to guard and guide him.

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