By Dayo Johnson
MAJORITY of the lawmakers in Ondo State billed to travel to the United States of America for a seminar have been denied visa by the Countryâ€™s embassy in Nigeria.
Out of the 26 members of the state House of Assembly, investigation revealed that only the Speaker Hon Taofiq Abdusaalam and three other Principal Officers of the Assembly who applied for visa before the attempted suicide bombing of an American plane on 25 December last year by a Nigerian, Abdulmutalab Farouk,Â were granted.
The denial of their visa might not be unconnected with the Abdulmutalab attempted bombing saga.
The members were scheduled to travel to the US for a two_week Seminar on the act of lawmaking from the middle of February this year after their recess last week.
Their last legislative assignment was the passage of the 2010 appropriation bill forwarded to them in December last year by the governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko. It was also learnt that the action of the US embassy to stop the lawmakers might not unconnected with the attempted suicide bombing of an American plane on 25 December last year by a Nigerian, Abdulmutalab Farouk.
Saturday Vanguard gathered that aside the four members that applied before December the other 22 legislators who applied after the December 25th 2009 were turned downâ€.
Speaking on the development, the member representing Ilaje 11 Hon Thompson Otito Atikase described â€œthe US governmentâ€™s action against them was unpleasant, callous and a slap on Nigeria as a nation.â€