The lawmakers conducted an oversight tour of the Finance Ministry.
The Chairman of the Ogun House of Assembly Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Akanbi Bankole, has said that commissioners in the state, who were not present during oversight functions by the Assembly, would be sanctioned.
Mr. Bankole said this on Wednesday in Abeokuta during the committee’s oversight tour to the Ministry of Finance.
“I am not impressed with the absence of the Commissioner for Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun and Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Mrs. Yewande Muoyo. They are the ones we have come to see, we want to hear from them personally, instead of the permanent secretaries or directors.
“I want to sound a warning to other ministries yet to be visited that the commissioners, the permanent secretaries and directors must be available at every visit by the Ogun Assembly,” he said.
The chairman, however, said that the tour was to enable the House to know the extent of progress so far made by the ministries.
Ajibola Chokor, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Finance, said that the state had introduced cashless policy in its tertiary institutions since August.
Mrs. Chokor also said the Ministry had reduced cash handlings by officials of ministries to ensure that revenue leakages were reduced. She said the Ministry had begun revenue monitoring in order to ensure that money meant for the government accrued to it.
The chairman of the Ogun Internal Revenue Service (OGIRS), Babajide Odubanjo, said the agency was working against some tax operators who failed to remit tax to the government.
Mr. Odubanjo said that the OGIRS had sent out task force to sensitise people on payment of taxes and to ensure that all taxable revenue went into government coffers.
The committee also visited the office of the state’s Accountant General.
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