Recent reports on the media that a big snake fell from the ceiling of the Ondo State House of Assembly was vehemently refuted by the State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu SAN. The Governor berated members of the state House of Assembly over claims that they are no longer safe sitting at the hallowed chamber. He claimed that the alarm raised by the lawmakers was an attempt to blackmail his government and embarrass the state.
“All I have come to do is to verify exactly what happened and I have seen that there’s an attempt to blackmail the state and the government won’t take it.
“I was given the fact and I wanted to be sure that the Speaker and most of the principal officers are here and have heard from them for us to know what exactly happened and they have told us that no snake fell here yesterday and day before, they were not sitting when the ceiling came down, they only met the ceiling that came down.
“It was reported that they were sitting. No. All the pictures they put all there are fake. So how do they (media) come about their story. So there’s an attempt to blackmail the government and I don’t believe that is the best approach.
“This (legislature ) is an arm of government and they have their votes and the ones they are entitled to is the ones we give them.
“This place is termite infested and certainly the termites have been dwelling here for several years.
“We just spent two years and there is no way termite infestation in less than two years can cause such destruction.
“Something is wrong, this place has not been maintained. Members of the house have always been here, what have they done about maintenance of this place? If they have not been concerned about this place, we all have to sit down and work things out.”