Ogun Legislators Promise Good Leadership At State And National Levels

OgunOgun State members of the 8th legislature at both state and national levels have pledged their commitment towards effective legislation to give better and new direction to governance in the state.

The Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr Suraj Adekunbi, made the promise on behalf of both returning members and members-elect, in response to the advice contained in papers presented at a seminar held in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital in South-West Nigeria.

He promised that the lawmakers would provide the much needed leadership and legislation as well as better representation for the good of all.

The seminar was organised for returning and newly elected members of the Ogun State House of Assembly and members of the National Assembly of Ogun State extraction, having secured victories at the polls.

The 26 members of the 8th legislature of the Ogun Assembly and those of the National Assembly were groomed at the seminar with the requisite knowledge in the act of legislature with emphasis on the need to work as a team towards one goal – the progress and the development of Nigeria and Ogun State in particular.

There were lectures on the law making process, legislature and sustenance of democracy in Nigeria with the call on the third arm of government to legislate for good governance and provide effective checks and balances.

Different speakers also challenged them on the fight against corruption and the need to address the cost of running government.

Ogun State Governor Proposes 210bln Naira For 2014

Ibikunle Amosun, governor of Ogun State.The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has presented a budget of 210.21 billion Naira (about 1.3 billion dollars) for the 2014 fiscal year to the State House of Assembly.

Presenting the budget outlook to the State’s lawmakers, the governor said that the capital expenditure would remain 117.5 billion Naira (about 739 million dollars) representing  55.90 per cent while the recurrent expenditure would be 92.7 billion Naira (about 583.3 million dollars) representing 44.10 per cent of the total budget.

The budget tagged ‘Budget of Consolidation’ is aimed at further strengthening his administration’s plan to rebuild the state.

Governor Amosun assured the House of adequate financial administration and re-engineering in the implementation of the budget.

At the event attended by past governors of the state, members of the business community and traditional rulers, the governor also sought the cooperation of all stakeholders in ensuring the success of the budget.

Five Cardinal Programmes

The governor said that the 2013 budget was able to achieve 64.2 per cent and pointed out that the 2014 budget would be geared towards five cardinal programmes with education taking the lion share of 43.9 billion Naira (about 276.1 million dollars) of the budget.

He said that other programmes, health, agriculture/industrialization, rural and urban development, would also take the centre stage.

The speaker of the State House of Assembly, Suraj Adekunbi, promised the readiness of the House to give the necessary backing to the legal instrument and ensure successful implementation of the budget.

“We will give necessary attention to the proposed budget and ensure its passage within the shortest possible time,” Adekunbi siad.

The budget, if approved, is expected to be financed majorly from Federal Allocations and Internally Generated Revenue.



ICPC invites Ogun’s Speaker over contract inflation

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), has summoned the Speaker of the Ogun State, House of Assembly, Mr Suraj Adekunbi, to appear before them today over alleged car contract inflation.

28 Toyota Avensis vehicles were purchased for 26 members at N6 million

Others invited are the clerk of the house, Mr. Muyiwa Adenopo, the Deputy Clerk and some other principal officers of the assembly.

They are being invited over an alleged inflation of car contract of 28 Toyota Avensis purchased for the 26 members of the state assembly and two principal officers as official vehicles at N6 million each.

This was confirmed by the resident media consultant of the anti-graft agency, Mr. Folu Olamiti, to journalists in Abeokuta.

He said the commission was acting on a petition written against the leadership of the house.

The Speaker and other invitees are expected to appear before the head of investigation unit of the ICPC in Abuja.