On Monday 10th of June, 2019, the Oyo State 9th House of Assembly was inaugurated.
Residents of the state are beginning to express their expectations from the new assembly which will formulate laws in the next four years.
The journey to another four years of legislative business began last week with the inauguration of 32 members of the Oyo State House of Assembly and the emergence of speaker, Mr. Adebo Ogundoyin, his deputy, Mr. Abiodun Fadeyi.
Mr. Sanjo Adedoye emerged as majority leader while Mr. Asimiyu Alarape from Atiba Local Government was elected minority leader.
Mr. Akeem Adedibu became Chief Whip and the youngest lawmaker in the House, Mr. Adebisi Yusuf as Deputy Chief Whip.
With the formation of the assembly, residents of the state are on the lookout for the activities of the legislators with the hope that they will exhibit patriotism in moving the state forward.
No doubt, there are great expectations before the 9th assembly in the Oyo state, especially at a time when people anticipate a new style of government.
Some residents of Ibadan believe that the approach of the 9th assembly could make or mar the future of the state but must rule with the fear of God in the interest of the development of the state.
They pointed out that the lawmakers should be mindful of the mandate given to them by their constituencies, hence the need to make laws that will improve the standard of living of the people.
Speaking on the need for the lawmakers to be proactive and make laws that will gain global recognition, the minority leader of the 8th assembly in Oyo state, Mr. Akeem Ige advised the lawmakers to prioritize execution of constituency projects, regardless of any constraints.
Mr. Ige equally advised members of the public to be patient with the present crop of lawmakers in the state and allow them settle down for legislative business.
Corroborating that, Chairman, House Committee on Information in the 8th assembly, Mr. Joshua Oyebamiji advised the house, especially the Committee on Legislative Compliance to take implementation of laws and motions made by the house seriously to make direct impact on the people.
A lecturer at the political department, University of Ibadan, Dr Stephen Lafenwa called on the 9th assembly in Oyo state to hit the ground running, make new laws and amend existing ones as well as pay attention to oversight functions to ensure speedy completion of ongoing projects in the state.