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Why we reordered 2018 budget, says Akeredolu


[FILE PHOTO] Governor of Ondo state, Rotimi Akeredolu

Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, has described the reordering of the 2018 Budget by the State Assembly as constitutional, saying it was to accommodate the Paris Fund release for payment of workers’ salaries.

Akeredolu, who recognised the Bamidele Oleyelogun-led Assembly stressed that the reordering was constitutional, stressing that the criticism against it by a faction of the Assembly was done in ignorance.

Meanwhile, the sacked Majority Leader of the House, Olugbenga Araoyinbo, had condemned the budget reordering describing it as unconstitutional.

Araoyinbo, who, alongside three other principal officers were replaced at a plenary sitting on Thursday, claimed that it was the cause of the failed attempt to remove the current Speaker, Oloyeloogun and his deputy, Iroju Ogundeji.

But the governor noted that: “I wish to put on record that it is not unusual for budget to be reordered. Baleful and vengeful, the statement speaks volumes of orchestrated mischiefs and calculated malfeasance all in the name of filthy politics.

“This was done here in Ondo State by previous administrations and it is being done in other states in the country.

Even the Federal Government, recently, had to reorder the 2018 budget in line with some prevailing fiscal realities.

In a statement made available to journalists in Akure, yesterday by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Yemi Olowolabi, explained that it was done in commitment to the welfare of the people.

“No amount of denigrations and aspersions will halt the wheel of progress our state is currently experiencing under the leadership of Akeredolu as the governor.

“The current reordering budget exercise among other reasons had to be done in anticipation of the recent release of Paris Club refund, which is to be used to pay arrears of workers salaries and pensions of retirees in the terms agreed with labour leaders.

“The bill was passed to the house a couple of weeks after the Federal Government made public the various amounts due to each state as Paris Club Refund.

“Surprisingly, it was left unattended to by the House, even before the recent failed attempt to effect a leadership change in the Assembly,” he said.

Olowolabi said the criticism by the 15 lawmakers, who allegedly impeached the leadership of the House and subsequently got suspended, was a display of crass legislative ignorance and a morbid desire to mislead the public.

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