Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State has towed a path similarly taken by his Ekiti counterpart Ayodele Fayose over Senate’s decision to probe federal government bailout funds to states.
Some governors, including Aregbesola, are alleged to have diverted the bailout funds meant to assist them in paying state’ workers’ salaries.
Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, chairman, committee on information in the Osun House of Assembly, said it was the duty of the state legislature, not the Senate, to probe how the funds was spent.
Kamil Oyedele, Osun Assemnly’s House Committee on Finance and Appropriation chairman said by Section.120 sub-section 1-4, Section 121 sub-section 1, 2; and 4 Section 128 in conjunction with the second schedule of the constitution part 11, page 299, that if at all the National Assembly had such power, it had to be by an act not just by ordinary motion; because it was not an exclusive matter and there was no existing law on it before now.
“So, with these relevant sections, the state Assembly is the arm of government empowered to carry out such probe,” he said, adding that the Senate was only attempting to usurp the power of the state lawmakers.
The Speaker, Mr. Najeem Salam, said the state lawmakers were not at war with the Senate but stated that the two must work in accordance with the provisions of the law.
The Speaker said, “The state government has the authority of this parliament to get the funds and if there is any issue, we are the ones empower to probe and make a recourse to the National Assembly if there is need for such.
“As I am talking, we have not received any letter from the Senate relating to the issue of bailout as colleagues.
“It must be noted that the bailout is a loan that would be paid back, not grant and there are budgetary provisions for it. As a result, the state parliament is monitoring it, but with the action of the Senate, it seems we need to make the monitoring open.”