The Speaker of Ondo State House of Assembly, Bamidele Oleyelogun, has refuted a social media report that a snake fell on him while performing legislative duties at plenary last Thursday.
The Speaker, while speaking with newsmen on Tuesday, described the reports about the snake incident as “untrue, misleading and unfortunate.”
Oleyelogun said members of the 8th Assembly had sighted a snake within the complex long before the tenure of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, an incident, he said, that might have created fear in the minds of the new lawmakers.
He, however, lamented the alleged total neglect of the Assembly complex by past administrations.
Oleyelogun said the complex had not been renovated since the construction of the building in 1975 by the regime of late Adekunle Ajasin.
He said the woodwork of the chamber had been infested by termites, causing much damage to the roof and culminating in the shrinking of the ceiling and its eventual collapse.
“This, however, happened before the arrival of all honourable members for sitting.
“The ceiling did not fall on me as widely reported,” he said.
He also faulted the intentions of those he said were misleading the public on the issue, saying the relationship between the legislative and the executive arm of government had remained stronger ever than before.
“Money was budgeted for the renovation almost on a yearly basis over the years by past administrations, but the cash was never released.
“It is only the present administration of Governor (Rotimi) Akeredolu that has shown much concern and assured us that total renovation will soon be done on the complex,” he said. (NAN)