Asaba â€” Delta State House of Assembly, yesterday, passed the budget proposal of N30 billion as the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) 2009 budget.
It also slashed salaries of the commissionâ€™s workers by 30% across board, frowning on the existence of ghost workers.
The budget, made up of N21.5bn for capital expendi-ture and N8.4bn for recurrent expenditure, was sent to the House on 1 September 2009 for approval by the state governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan.
The passage of the budget followed the adoption of the report of the Committee on Finance and Appropriation, headed by Mr. Daniel Mayuku.
Mayuku, who fielded questions from newsmen, said, â€œthis is the most challenging budget I have ever had.
â€œI was moved to carry out a lot of investigations, that was why in the recommenda-tion, we said the House should set up an ad hoc committee to investigate some fraudulent practices because our investigations showed a lot of fraud in the area of salary. If my committee had continued, the budget would have been delayed.
â€œWe discovered a lot of ghost workers, some working in banks, oil compa-nies and other employments, but just see DESOPADEC as a place they go at the end of the month to collect money.â€
He, however, said that following the directive issued by his committee calling on those holding dual appointments to resign, â€œsome have complied while some others are yet to comply.â€
Meanwhile, the House also yesterday sent the Chairman of Ika South Local Government Council, Mr. Hilary Ibudeh, on suspen-sion for three months over alleged financial impropriety.
Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee of the House, Mr. Funkekeme Solomon, moved the motion for the suspension under matters of urgent public importance which was unanimously carried.
The Vice-Chairman of the council was asked to oversee the council.