Osun Assembly Passes 2018 Appropriation Bill

 

The Osun state House of Assembly has passed the 2018 Appropriation bill of one hundred and seventy-nine billion naira into law.

The passage of the budget followed a motion moved by the leader of the House, Mr Timothy Owoeye and seconded by Mr Kamil Oyedele, the House Chairman on Finance and Appropriation at the plenary on Wednesday in Osogbo.

The budget as approved has N92.6 billion as capital expenditure, which represents 51.1 percent and N86.6 billion as recurrent expenditure, which represents 48.9 percent.

State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola had on December 28, 2017, presented a budget of N173.9 billion to the assembly.

The budget was jacked up by the parliament in the course of its consideration

Explaining the reason for the delay in the passage of the budget, Mr Najeem Salaam, the speaker of the house, said the lawmaker was being careful to present a budget that would be acceptable to the state.

Salaam urged the state governor to release the approved budget to Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government immediately funds is available.

He said this would allow the MDAs to function effectively.

The Speaker also urged all revenue generating agencies to improve their operations to enhance what the state is getting from the Federation’s account.

Speaking with newsmen men after the passage of the bill, Mr Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, House Committee Chairman on Information and Strategy, said that the budget was increased by N5.2 billion by the assembly.

Oyintiloye said the increase represents 3.03 percent from the original budget presented to the assembly by the governor.

The lawmaker said that he was satisfied with the approved budget christened ‘budget of enduring legacy’.

Also speaking, Mr Babatunde Olatunji representing ife north state constituency. said the budget is development driven purposely for good governance, which will cater for those in urban and rural settings.

The budget tagged, “budget of endurance” is the last of Governor Rauf Aregbesola led administration.

Osun Assembly Approves 10 Constitution Amendments, Rejects Three

 

The Osun State House of Assembly has approved 10 provisions, stepped down two others and rejected three of the provisions in the proposed amendment of the 1999 Constitution.

This is contained in a statement issued out by the Chairman House Committee on Information and Strategy, Honourable Olatunbosun Oyintiloye at the end of plenary today.

The Parliamentarian at the Yes/No vote proceeding unanimously rejected provision for independent candidature in elections ( section 7, 65, 106, 131, 177 and 228), constitution alteration bill section ( 9) and period during which the President or governor shall lay the appropriation bill (section 81 and 121)

The lawmakers also ‘ stepped down ‘ the amendments on strengthening Local Government Administration in Nigeria (Sections 7, 318 and part 1 of the fifth schedule ) and abrogation of Joint Local Government Account (Section 162) for a public hearing.

Speaking at the end of the proceeding, the speaker of the assembly, Mr Najeem Salaam, said that the two bills were stepped down so as to consider the interest of the numerous stakeholders tied to the provision of the bill.

Salaam said the assembly would be organised a public hearing on the two bills that were stepped down to get stakeholders inputs.

Meanwhile, the speaker has directed the House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs to work out guidelines for the training of the newly elected councillors at the Local Government Areas in the state.

The speaker who noted that the parliamentary local government was relatively new in the state, stressed the need for councillors to be properly acquitted with rudiments of parliamentary democracy.

20 Aspirants Battle To Replace Adeleke In Senate

No fewer than 20 aspirants have expressed interest to occupy the vacant seat in the Red Chamber following the demise of the late senator representing Osun West Senatorial district, the Senator Isiaka Adeleke, on April 23, 2017.

The scramble for the vacant seat rather became more pronounced as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) fixed the bye-election for Saturday, July 8, 2017.

The electoral body, made the announcement through its Administrative Secretary, Osun State, Barrister Ademusire E A.

“Consequent upon the provisions of the enabling statutes that bye-elections to fill the declared vacant seat by National Assembly be conducted within 30days upon the declaration, the bye-election for Osun West Senatorial seat will hold on Saturday 8th July 2017.”

According to the timetable, June 15 would be the last day for submission of forms, June 22 for publication of forms, June 30 for submission of names and addresses of party agents and July 6, the last day for the campaign by political parties.

Channels Television gathered the names of politicians battling for the seat from the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), as well as those from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Among them are the ex-official of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Hon. Akintola Omolaoye, the State Secretary of APC, Ayobami Salinsile, younger brother to the late Senator Isiaka Adeleke, Ademola Adeleke, Alhaji Tiamiyu Bello, Mr. Tijani Adekilekun and Alhaji Sule Alao for the APC.

Those who are contesting under the umbrella of Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), are former Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Hon. Adejare Bello, Hon. Bamidele Sallam, Hon Ajibade Falade, Senator Olasunkanmi Akinlabi, retired Colonel Olayiwola Falabi, among others.

Meanwhile, there are diverse positions among the APC members in the 10 local governments that constitute the senatorial district.

While some are making case for Adeleke’s family, clamoring for retention of the ticket in Ede, the late senator’s hometown, to compensate the Adeleke’s family and his kinsmen, others are of the opinion that the contest for the seat within the party should be thrown open for everyone.

It is against this backdrop that the party leadership in the state set up a committee at the instance of the chairman of the party in the state, Prince Adegboyega Famodun, to come up with the option that will be in the best interest of the party and the people of the senatorial district.

READ ALSO: INEC Fixes Date For Election To Replace Adeleke

Osun Assembly Passes 2017 Budget

The Osun State House of Assembly has passed the 2017 Appropriation Bill of N146,632,746,980.

The passage of the budget followed a motion by the Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Kamil Oyedele, after the committee’s report on the consideration of the budget was considered and adopted.

According to a statement by the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, the budget, as approved has a recurrent expenditure of N76,315,496,240 while capital expenditure is N70,317,250,740.

The State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, had presented a budget of N138.2 billion before the parliament for consideration. The figure was however increased by the parliament in the course of its consideration.

The Speaker of the House, Najeem Salaam, attributed the delay in the passage of the budget to the method adopted by the lawmakers, called ‘Executive Budget Session’ to further look deeper into the budget and make it more realistic.

He added that it was part of the strategy of the legislature to scrutinise the budget – agency by agency – to ensure that they generate enough revenue for the implementation of the budget.

Honourable Salaam said after the governor’s assent, the executive can start implementing the budget in line with its contents and expectations of the people of the state.

He noted that the lawmakers would monitor the implementation of the budget to the letter to ensure that the purpose of delaying it was well served.

Osun Assembly Cautions MDAs To Stop Spending Unapproved Money

Osun Assembly Cautions MDAs To Stop Spending Unapproved MoneyThe Osun House of Assembly has warned Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) in the state against extra budgetary spending.

 

The House Committee Chairman on Finance and Appropriation, Mr Kamil Oyedele, gave the warning when the management of the State Ministry of Information, Home Affairs, Tourism and Culture appeared to defend its N435 million budget for 2017.

Oyedele, who noted that many of the MDAs were in the habit of spending unapproved money, said the Assembly would no longer accept such action.

He said that any head of MDAs caught spending unapproved money, would be handed over to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

Kamil said Section 32 of the state’s Appropriation Law clearly states that no money should be spent outside the amount approved in the budget.

He said in line with Section 224 and 225 ICPC, spending unapproved government money was an offence.

According to Kamil, spending money not approved by the Assembly is criminal, adding that MDAs should always inform the Assembly for approval for extra money for developmental projects.

Kamil urged the MDAs to familiarise themselves with the public procurement law recently passed by the Assembly to guide them on government spending.

Also speaking, the House Committee Chairman on Information and Strategy, Mr Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, urged MDAs to support government drive to improve Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).

Oyintiloye said government needed improved revenue to meet the yearning of the people.

He also charged the Ministry to engage in proper dissemination of government activities.

The House Committee Chairman on Environment, Mr Ajibola Akinloye, frowned at poor services been rendered by the State Fire Service which is under the Ministry.

Akinloye said that there had been complaint of slow response of the fire fighters to fire outbreaks in the state, adding that such attitude was not good for the state.

In her response, the Coordinating Director of the Ministry, Mrs Webster Esho, said that they would continue to do their best in the proper dissemination of government activities.

On the poor response of the fire service to fire disasters in the state, Esho said that lack of personnel and necessary facilities were the major challenge.

Management of State Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC) and Reality Radio Vision Services also appeared before the committee.

While OSBC presented N658 million budget for 2017, Reality Radio Vision Services budget was N133 million for the year.