Ekiti Deputy Speaker impeached, as house  passes 2019 budget

From Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
In what looks like a drama, for the second time in four years, the Deputy Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly,  Mr Segun Adewumi was once again impeachment yesterday by the lawmakers for alleged gross misconduct.

Adewumi, representing Ekiti West Constituency I in the House of Assembly was elected on June 6, 2015 as the number two man in the Assembly before being removed in 2017 by pro-Ayodele Fayose lawmakers for alleged disloyalty.

When Governor Kayode Fayemi took over on October 16 2018, he was reinstated back to his former position following the suspension of the then Speaker, Mr Kola Oluwawole, his deputy, Sina Animasaun and 12 other People’s Democratic Party (PDP)  members.

Adewumi was removed again for the second time having been accused of disloyalty and causing  disaffection among  members of the assembly.

Source in the assembly said: “He was removed during the plenary for committing some offences”.

Mr Olaposi Omodara representing Irepodun/Ifelodun Constituency 1 was immediately elected as the new Deputy Speaker by members present at the plenary.

The Majority Leader of the house otherwise called Leader of Government Business in the house, Mr Gboyega Aribisogan, representing Ikole Constituency I, moved the motion for the impeachment of the Deputy Speaker and was seconded by Mr Akinniyi Sunday, representing Ikere Constituency II, while the motion for the appointment of the new Deputy Speaker was moved by Mr Olanrewaju Olayoju and seconded by Mr Cecelia Dada.

Meanwhile, before the impeachment, the House had passed the 2019 Appropriation bill of N129.9billion, submitted to the Assembly on December 21, 2018, by the State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi.

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The passing of the bill followed the presentation of a report of the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation at plenary in Ado-Ekiti.

Presenting the report, the Chairman of the Committee, Mr Badejo Anifowose, identified several key areas in the budget that included the desire of the Fayemi-led administration to establish an effective and efficient strategy to revamp the state economy.

He remarked that the year 2019 budget estimates were also structured to improve the state Internally Generated Revenue and block all illicit leakages of accruals to government purse.

Mr Anifowose said the sum of N72.7 billion of the budget goes to recurrent while N57.2 billion will be expended on capital expenditures.

He expressed confidence that the budget will lay the needed foundation to actualise the four – point agenda of the state government.

He remarked that the Committee would embark on a quarterly monitoring and tracking of the budget.

The budget was unanimously passed by the lawmakers after the Leader of Government Business, Aribisogan moved the motion for its passage.

The Speaker of the Assembly, Mr Adeniran Alagbada praised his colleagues for their prompt action on the budget proposal, and urged them to remain steadfast towards making the entire people of the state benefit adequately from the dividend of democracy.

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