Oyo state failed to assess the performance of the 2012 budget on Tuesday.
By Jide Jegede
A report assessing the performance of the 2012 budget in Oyo State was set aside by the state’s House of Assembly on Tuesday, with lawmakers saying the report presentation was late in coming.
Having completed the job assigned to his office, the Chairman, House Committee on Public Accounts, Finance and Appropriation, Olusegun Olaleye, presented the appraisal of the 2012 budget performances of Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the state government at the House plenary on Tuesday.
But in a motion moved to persuade members to agree on setting aside the report, Babatunde Olaniyan, the Deputy Speaker of the House, said the effort was belated.
“It came after the Assembly has approved the budget alignment bill earlier presented to the floor by the governor,” he said.
After more contributions, the House set the report aside.
The House also passed the State Council Bill 2012 which is designed to back the establishment of a council to advise the state government on policy matters affecting the state.
The Speaker, Monsurat Sunmonu, who announced the approval of the bill, said the action was sequel to the consideration of the report by the committee of the House on Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters.
“This bill is in the interest of the government and the entire state to deliver quality services,” she said.
The bill, presented by the Chairman, Kehinde Subair, enables the Council to advise the governor on matters affecting government policies, merit awards and honours.
The council is also expected to advise the government on the maintenance of peace and order as well as other matters considered necessary by the governor.
According to the content of the proposal, the governor, Abiola Ajimobi will serve as the Council Chairman, while his deputy will be the Vice Chairman.
The Council will also comprise former governors, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, former Chief Judges, and former Attorney-Generals and Commissioners for Justice.
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