Ekiti Assembly to probe N10b supplementary budget

Victor Akinkuolie Ado-Ekiti
Ekiti State House of Assembly has set up a three-man Ad-hoc Committee to investigate the passage of a ten billion naira supplementary budget by some members of the House during the twilight of the administration of the immediate past governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose.

Members of the ad-hoc committee are the Deputy Speaker, Hon Olusegun Adewumi (chairman), with the Minority Leader, Hon Sunday Akinniyi and Hon Fajana Ojo-Ade as members.

The Assembly, under the leadership of the immediate past speaker, Hon Kola Oluwawole, had passed the N10 billion supplementary budget for Fayose in September about a month to the expiration of the former governor’s tenure.

The Assembly also hailed the cancellation by Governor Kayode Fayemi of the education tax imposed on pupils of public and private primary and secondary schools in the state by his predecessor.

The Speaker, Hon Adeniran Alagbada, described the abrogation of the education tax as a burden taken away from the people and prayed that the Almighty God would continue to abide with the governor towards leading Ekiti to the right path.

The House Leader of Business, Hon Gboyega Aribisogan, who led the debate on the cancellation of the education tax, said Ekiti people had earlier rejected the tax.

Aribisogan said that a religious organization criticised and instituted legal action against the then government.

In his contributions, the Minority Leader, Hon Sunday Akinniyi, said the cancellation had made Ekiti people happier and pointed out that the action was a demonstration of the love Governor Fayemi had for Ekiti people.

Other members of the House including Hon Cecilia Dada, Hon Fajana Ojo-Ade, Hon Adedeji Michael and the Deputy Speaker, Hon Olusegun Adewumi, praised Fayemi for the cancellation, describing the action as a step in the right direction and stressed that it would reduce the burden on parents.

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