The Osun House of Assembly, on Friday passed an amendment bill prohibiting councillors in the local government areas across the state from impeaching their chairmen.
The bill titled: ‘Osun Local Government Areas Creation and Administration Amendment (NO. 4) 2020’ was sponsored by the Deputy Speaker, Mr Femi Popoola and Majority Leader, Mr Maruf Olanrewaju.
The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Timothy Owoeye during the passage of the bill, said it would curb the excesses of the parliamentarians at the local government level.
Owoeye said the bill was necessitated because of incessant agitations by the parliamentarians to always want to remove their chairmen, adding that various councils in the state had witnessed series of crises, resulting from moves by councillors wanting to unseat their chairmen.
The Speaker further stated that the amendment would promote peace and harmony, thus allowing for focused leadership at the councils.
He stated that Order 39 C which stipulated that a chairman, vice-chairman, leader or deputy-leader could be removed from office by a resolution of the council by the votes of not less than two-third majority forwarded to the House of Assembly within seven days has been suspended.
Owoeye held that the power to remove, suspend or any other recommendations is now the sole responsibility of the House of Assembly.
“Osun State House of Assembly shall; after necessary investigations, remove, suspend or make any other recommendations as it thinks fit on any chairman, secretary to the local government or official, including career officers of any LGA, Local Council Development Areas and Area Councils in the state in the interest of peace, order and good governance of Osun, ” the speaker said.