By Festus A hon
ASABA—Delta State House of Assembly, yesterday, said it had not passed the 2016 budget of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, into law.
Reacting to media reports that the Speaker of the House, Chief Monday Igbuya, had allegedly collected N1.3 billion from the commission for the passage of the budget, Chairman, House Committee on DESOPADEC, Chief Denis Omovie, said that the House had not received the 2016 budget of the commission let alone passing it into law.
Describing the said media report as mischievous and laughable, Omovie said: “The Speaker does not sign budgets into law.”
He added that those behind the said media report were ignorant of the workings of government.
He said, “The Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, Mr. Igbuya, does not have as part of his duties, the signing of budgets into law. It is strictly the responsibility of the governor to sign budgets into law. It is also a statement of fact that the Speaker is not privy to the formulation of budgetary allocations to various agencies of government until the state governor forwards same to the House.
“It is most laughable for anybody or institution to ascribe to the Speaker the responsibility of signing DESOPADEC budget into law.”