20190130

SERIOUSLY? Lagos Assembly Got N28bn As Running Cost

Is it possible for a state house of Assembly to collect as high as N28billion running cost in a country where some states are struggling with about N100bn as budget? Well, an investigation will be necessary.

A civil rights organisation, Legislative Probity and Accountability, has given the Lagos House of Assembly five days ultimatum within which to account for the N28.8bn said to have been collected as running cost under the leadership of Mudashiru Obasa.

The LPA in a statement by its Chairman, Olu Fajana, on Tuesday threatened to mobilise Nigerians of likeminds and use all legal instruments in its disposal to compel the lawmakers to do so.

The organisation premised the planned impeachment of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on the desperation of adversaries to hang on his neck accusation that he had been funding the campaigns of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Jimi Agbaje.

The statement partly read, “It is not our duty to ask the lawmakers not to probe Ambode if he has committed any infraction, but we dare say that Mudashiru Obasa has been collecting N9.6bn each year and has so far pocketed N28.8bn as running cost out of which the members have been paid only N2.4bn in three years.

“Where did the remaining over N26.4bn disappear to? 
This is the question that the Lagos House of Assembly must answer and fully account for this taxpayers money before going ahead with their impeach Ambode agenda.

It is alarming that the House collects N800m monthly as running cost, out of which each of the 40 members collects N2m.” 

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