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Daniel redeploys aide

By Kolade Larewaju
THE face-off between Governor Olugbenga Daniel of Ogun State and members of the House of Assembly yesterday claimed its first casualty as the Governor yesterday ordered the redeployment of his Special Adviser on Legislative matters, Mr. Sesan Lawal. He was immediately replaced with another former member of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Mr. Sina Aroyeun who  was until yesterday Special Adviser in the Bureau of Employment Generation.

A statement by the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Kayode Samuel announcing the redeployment said Mr. Lawal
would now resume at the Bureau of Employment Generation to take over from Aroyeun.

Meanwhile, the State Commissioner for Finance; Mr. Kehinde Sogunle, the Accountant General; Mr. Babatunde Salawu
and the Auditor General; Mr. Raji Samsudeen are expected to appear before the House today to give details of the
state’s financial indebtedness.

The three top government functionaries were summoned at the last sitting of the House on Thursday when the
Accountant General; Mr. Salawu could not give the details of the debt profile of the state when asked.

Mr Salawu had stunned members of the State House of Assembly when he told them that he did not have the figures
for the debt profile of the state.

Rather, he said that the House should summon the State Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Kehinde Sogunle and the
Auditor General; Mr. Raji Samsudeen to ascertain the actual debt profile.

The Accountant General who appeared before the House to explain discrepancies in the account of the state was
told pointedly that he was deliberately withholding information from the members of the House with the aim of
misleading them.

Trouble started for Mr. Salawu, who was admitted on oath refused to give categorical answers to most of the
questions of the legislators, in most cases saying that he did not have the information being sought.

Deputy Speaker of the House, Mr. Remi Hazzan had after asking him a few questions about his office and schedule
of duty wanted to know if it was possible for the state government or any of its agencies and parastatals could
contract any loan without his knowledge to which the Accountant General responded that he did not think so.

He was asked another question on the number of accounts being run by the state government by Mr. Abiodun
Akofoyan, a question to which he also answered that he could not immediately answer.

After a barrage of questions including whether the state government was paying the constitutional 10 percent of
its Internally Generated Revenue to the local governments, the sharing formula of the state account to local
governments and the debt profile of the state as at May 2009, the Accountant General was accused of trying to
mislead the House.
But the Accountant General responded saying “I am supposed to be on the side, if you want to know anything you have to call the Commissioner for Finance, who is my supervisor. “I do not have the information”, he declared.


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