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Nine Ondo Assembly members pass amended 2018 appropriation bill

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Nine members of the  Ondo state House of Assembly has passed the 2018 Appropriation amendment Act into law.

The Speaker of the House, David Oleyelogun said the amendment of the 2018 appropriation law became imperative to allow the state government execute some projects and also implement new policies which are beneficial to the people of the state.

He said the last tranche of the Paris club refund released to the state would be captured in the amendment for the payment of salary arrears of workers in the state.

The speaker said the house took the decision after considering the recommendations of the house committee on Finance and Appropriation.

He said the House resolved that approval be given to the pooling of the sum of N10Billion from capital expenditure component of the 2018 budget and the reallocation of the funds without any alteration to the budget size.

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Also, he said the House approved the pooling of N4.2Billion from recurrent expenditure component of the 2018 budget and the re-allocation of the funds without any alteration to the budget size.

His words, “That the approval be given to the pooling of the sum of N4,263,520,783.18 billion from recurrent expenditure component of the 2018 Budget and the re-allocation of the funds without any alteration to the Budget size.

“That approval be given to the pooling of the sum of N10,066,473,738.07 billion  from capital expenditure component of the 2018 budget and the re-allocation of the funds without any alteration to the Budget size.

“That the state government should ensure that the provision of the re-ordered budget funds are conscientiously applied to the needs stated there in so that the good intention behind the dispensation would be fully attained.”

Also, the House has dissolved all the standing committees of the House.

The House also appointed three new principal officers.

The new principal officers are Suleiman Maito (Majority Leader), Abayomi Akinruntan (Deputy Majority Leader) and Kazeem Suleiman (Parliamentary Secretary).

The House also reaffirmed the suspension of 15 members who purportedly impeached the speaker, Oleyelogun and his deputy, Ogundeji Iroju last week Friday.

Recall that 18 members of the House had last Friday impeached Oloyelogun and Iroju as speaker and deputy speaker respectively for allegations bothering on gross misconduct and maladministration.

Two of the members came out to denounced their involvement in the impeachment process, saying their signatures were forged.

Speaking at the plenary, the Deputy Speaker, Iroju Ogundeji observed that the House had not committed any offence by suspending the lawmakers, saying that the nine lawmakers that sat formed two/third majority of the members of the House.

Iroju who represents Odigbo state constituency said the House has remained peaceful since the suspension of the aggrieved members, and thereby warned the suspended members against acts that could cause crisis within the House and the state at large.

YOMI AYELESO, Akure