Osun Assembly To Begin Probe Of Aregbesola Over 34.5bn Naira Bailout Fund

Osun-State-House-of-AssemblyThe Osun State House of Assembly has directed some officials of the state government and organisations to appear before it on Wednesday for questioning on how the 34.5 billion Naira bailout fund given to state by the Federal Government was used.

The planned probe followed the decision of the Senate to commence similar probe.

There have been allegations of misappropriation against the Governor of the south-west Nigerian State, Mr Rauf Aregbesola.

Those invited to appear before the Osun State House of Assembly are the Accountant-General, Permanent Secretaries Ministry of Finance, Office of Budget Planning and Ministry of Local Government.

Others are the Director-General of Debt Management Office and officials of Wema Bank, Zenith Bank and First Bank.

Also invite to be part of the proceeding are Chairmen, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), Joint Negotiation Council (JNC), Nigeria Union of Local Government Employee (NULGE), Market Women, as well as representative of Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) and Civil Society Organisations (CSO).

A statement by the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, urged the invitees to arm themselves with all the necessary information and document on the bailout fund given to the state.

Mr Oyintiloye explained that the exercise had become very necessary in line with its constitutional powers, as enshrined in the Nigerian Constitution.

He said those invited were expected to appear before the House with useful documents and necessary information concerning the bailout fund given to the state government.

The federal Government had given bailout funds to states to enable them meet some financial obligations, especially payment of workers salaries.

House Of Reps Holds Budget Defence Sessions

HouseThe House of Representatives in Nigeria has continued its sitting on budget defence at the National Assembly in Abuja.

Speaking at the opening of the budget defence session for federal judiciary on Thursday, the House Committee on Judiciary worry over the poor funding structure of the judiciary by the state governments.

The Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Honourable Aminu Shagari, lamented that heads of the judiciary at the state level were always at the mercy of the state executives, which he said was an infraction on the Principle of Independence of the Judiciary.

At the sitting of the House Committee on Information, the acting Director General of the Nigerian Television Authority, Sola Atete, made a revenue projection of five billion Naira in the 2016 budget.

However, a member of the committee, Nicholas Ossai, insisted on carrying out a status inquiry to know the capacity of the station to generate such revenue.

Meanwhile, the issue of budget padding came up again during the sitting of the House Committee on Marine.

The Maritime Academy of Nigeria had written to the committee to request for amendments in the budgetary proposal, noting that some of the items were duplicated.

In his response, the House Committee Chairman on Marine, Honourable Umaru Mohammed, promised to look at the proposed amendments from the academy before proceeding with the consideration of the entire budget proposals.