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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

2018 Budget: No cover up – Lawmakers

By Adekola Afolabi
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Contrary to falsehood being peddled by some suspended members of the Ondo State House of Assembly, the newly passed amended 2018 Budget is not meant to hide or cover up some ‘shady and unappropriated approvals and spendings’ by the state Governor, Arakunrin Akeredolu.

Putting the record straight yesterday was the Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, Mr Iroju Ogundeji while raising matters of urgent public importance on the floor of the Assembly.

He insisted that contrary to the falsehood been peddled by a member of the House, Mr Olugbenga Araoyinbo that the amended 2018 Budget was designed to cover up the governor’s shady deals and unauthorised budget.

Several members also yesterday denounced the propaganda being mounted by Araoyinbo to discredit the Akeredolu’s administration.

In the report, Araoyinbo among others alleged that by sending the bill to re-order budget, “the government seeks to cover the many shady and unappropriated approvals and spending which are in excess of what is authorised by the Budget”.

He noted that he has been inundated with phone calls and messages from people within and outside the state in respect of the false allegations.

Ogundeji described as unfortunate that some of their colleagues could see amendment of the law as illegality, saying nobody has anything to hide but only working for the progress of the state.

The Deputy Speaker explained that the essence of the amendment bill was to enable the state government pay outstanding arrears of salary owed by the past administration in the state.

He cautioned his colleagues to guide their utterances and be mindful of what could jeopardise the interest of peace and development of the state and the people.

In their separate contributions, Chairman of the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Sunday Olajide and the new Majority Leader of the House, Jamiu Maito explained that what the governor did by sending the 2018 appropriation law for amendment was right and is in line with the constitution.

According to the duo, there is nothing illegal in the amendment since the bill will not in any way alter the initial approved sum of money in the year 2018 appropriation law.

 Maito, however, called on his colleagues on the floor of the House to ignore the entire “noise making by his runaway colleagues”.

The speaker of the Assembly, Bamidele Oleyelogun who presided over the plenary sitting said the hallowed chambers will continue to do what is right to put smiles on the faces of the people of the state.

He added that all the actions and steps taken by the government was to ensure that workers and people of the state do not suffer with be supported by the house at all times.

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