From Lateef Dada, Osogbo

The Senator representing Osun Central and spokesperson of the Senate, Dr Ajibola Basiru, on Thursday said that the agitation of Northerners for state police has necessitated the re-introduction of the bill.

He stated this in Osogbo, Osun State while presenting his scorecard for the last three years to the people of his constituency.

Basiru who presented a 30 minutes documentary on his achievements, noted that he has sponsored some bills including a bill on state police but the bill failed the test of the committee on constitutional review.

He said the recent call for state police by Northern governors and stakeholders shows that the bill needs to be reintroduced.

“I have sponsored so many bills. One of the bills is the bill on state police but unfortunately, the bill was not allowed to see the light of the day at the review committee. But happily enough, about four days ago, Northern governors and stakeholders have said they are for state police. So, I believe we are going to reintroduce the bill, then with the new knowledge and reality that we need state police.

“I also introduced the Federal Medical Center, Osogbo bill which has been passed by the Senate and has been transmitted to the House of Representatives for concurrence.

“Also, a bill about the separation of the electoral management body and political party regulation. Another bill is about the centralisation of the Nigerian Police along zonal lines,” he added.

The Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, commended the Senator for his good representation, saying that he has made the state proud.

Represented by the Commissioner for Political Affairs, Taiwo Akeju, Oyetola noted that Basiru was made the spokesperson of the Senate because of his brilliance despite being a first-timer.

He urged the people of Osun central to support him and ensure his reelection to enable him to continue his good representation.

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