By Gbenga Olarinoye
Osogbo—Osun State House of Assembly has assured that the relief package given to the state would be judiciously administered, saying genuine workers would soon have their outstanding salaries defrayed, while the work-in-progress of public infrastructure would not be left unattended to.
It also vowed to drive the anti-corruption crusade with its oversight functions, promising to break bureaucratic bottlenecks and red-tapism, which are capable of dragging development at snail speed and reducing institutions to redundancy.
The speaker, Hon. Najeem Salaam, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Goke Butikakuro, stressed that the parliament under his watch was more than ready to bring all ministries, departments and agencies to account on how budgetary funds appropriated to them were managed with a view to getting them to be on their toes and be accountable to the public.
Salaam reiterated that the state parliament has taken the first leg of its anti-corruption crusade through the passage of the procurement bill into law, stating that the law when signed by Governor Rauf Aregbesola would drive the processes of contract award, purchases of the government and other state transactions; noting that punitive measures were well spelt out for the transgressors.
The Speaker also disclosed that the parliament would obtain the report of ongoing workers’ audit and frisk it in order to be updated on the actual numerical strength of the work force of the state with a view to giving rough tackles to the would-be manipulators of the process.
He expressed the support of assembly to Gov. Aregbesola in plugging all the financial leakages and cutting of cost of governance, while corrupt officials would denied the benefit of the corruption proceeds in the state.