A member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Southwest Nigeria is to give out the sum of N300, 000(about $2,000) to three of his colleagues who effectively recited the Yoruba alphabets on the floor of the House.
Ipoola Omisore, the member representing Ifako-Ijaiye Constituency 2 at the House will give the three members including Adebimpe Akinsola representing Ikorodu Constituency 2; Suuru Avoseh representing Badagry Constituency 2; and Lola Akande representing Ikeja 2 the sum of N100, 000 each.
Omisore had thrown up the challenge to the House that apart from the Speaker, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, he would give out the sum of N100, 000 to any member who effectively recited the alphabets.
His decision to throw up the challenge resulted when his colleague and member representing Shomolu Constituency 1, Rotimi Olowo, could not recite the alphabets during the taking of votes and proceedings of the last sitting written in Yoruba language.
While lamenting that most of his colleagues could not recite the alphabets, he said he would give out the sum to anyone who could recite them.
The Speaker therefore asked the members to try and the three members were successful according to the Speaker who congratulated them for winning the challenge.
Speaker Ikuforiji further directed that Omisore make the payment within a specific period and urged the Clerk of the House, Mr. Segun Abiru, to remove the amount from his imprest if he did not oblige.
He went on to hit the gavel even with Omisore’s protest that he only meant that he would make the payment to only one member who could recite the alphabets.