Osun Assembly Begins Probe Of Aregbesola Over N34.5bn Bailout Fund

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The Osun State House of Assembly on Wednesday will begin a probe of Governor Rauf Aregbesola over how the N34.5 billion naira bailout fund given to the state by the Federal Government was spend.

The lawmakers directed some officials of the state government and other stakeholders to appear before it after allegations of misappropriation were leveled against the governor .

The House of Assembly last week had criticized the Senate for wanting to conduct a similar probe on Governor Aregbesola for diverting the fund instead of paying salaries of workers to which the bailout was given in the first place.

Invited to appear before the house are: the Accountant-General, Permanent Secretaries Ministry of Finance, Office of Budget Planning, Ministry of Local Government, the Director-General of Debt Management Office and officials of Wema Bank, Zenith Bank and First Bank.

Also invited to be part of the proceeding are Chairmen, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), Joint Negotiation Council (JNC), Nigeria Union of Local Government Employee (NULGE), Market Women, as well as representative of Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) and Civil Society Organisations (CSO).

The Chairman, House Committee on Information, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, in a statement urged the invitees to arm themselves with all the necessary information and document on the bailout fund given to the state.

Mr Oyintiloye explained that the exercise had become very necessary in line with its constitutional powers, as enshrined in the Nigerian Constitution.