The trip is alleged to be an attempt by Mr. Amosun to pacify the lawmakers
The trip is not an official recess as the lawmakers had just resumed from a lengthy recess on November 13.
It is not clear what the mission of the lawmakers to the U.S. is, but sources at the state government say that they are in the U.S. to learn “legislative rudiments.”
The trip comes about two weeks after the lawmakers resumed plenary following a feud that had threatened to tear them apart.
The lawmakers had claimed that they were angry at the State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, and the Speaker of the Assembly, Suraj Adekumbi, and refused to cut short their recess as requested by the speaker. Some of them claimed in interviews with PREMIUM TIMES that the governor was not concerned with their “welfare.”
The speaker asked the lawmakers to cut short their recess in order to approve commissioner nominees of the state government. Majority of the lawmakers, 19 out of 26, declined.
Mr. Amosun had to hold a secret meeting with the lawmakers before their resumption of plenary on November 13. It is not clear if this trip is one of the ways the state government is trying to take care of the lawmakers’’ ‘welfare.’
The lawmakers approved the commissioner nominees on November 20. Less than a week later, they are all on a state sponsored trip.
No one of the lawmakers, who all travelled over the weekend, was available for a reaction on their official reason for going on the trip that would cost the state millions of naira.
The state’s Commissioner for Information, Yusuf Olaniyonu, was also unavailable for comment. When PREMIUM TIMES called Mr. Olaniyonu’s number, someone else picked the call saying the commissioner was not around and he was not authorised to respond to any enquiry from journalists.
The lawmakers are expected to return over the weekend.