EGBEDUN REITERATES COMMITMENT TO DUE PROCESS
The Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Adewale Egbedun, has reaffirmed the assembly’s commitment to following due process and respecting the rule of law.
The speaker who made the declaration in his remark during the maiden plenary of the year 2024, spoke on how the legislature has focused on its core areas of operations with emphasis on accountability and probity and how these have influenced good governance and democratic values in the state.
According to him, Osun State House of Assembly has not wavered in steering legislations towards composite responsibility from the Executive arm of Government by ensuring that necessary information on public expenditures are obtained from time to time.
He said: “Everything we have done so far as this 8th Assembly is concerned has been in synergy with due process and the rule of law.”
“All expenditures approved by the Assembly were done after careful correspondences for the requests.”
“As the Speaker, I write for such requests to the executive after due process and unanimous approval by the House. That is my constitutional responsibility as Leader of the Third arm of Government.”
Egbedun added that funds appropriated in respect of projects for the state assembly included, renovation of the Law Makers Quarters, renovation of the Assembly Complex and purchase of official cars for the Law Makers, also payment of arrears of severance allowances to the former members of the 6th and 7th Assembly.
When asked by the newsmen after the sitting if the speaker was responding to accusations of unaccountability levelled against the House by a group, Centre for Sustained Dialogue, Rt. Hon. Egbedun said he’s discharging his duty as leader of the third arm of government to let people of Osun State know the commitment of the legislature to due process and it’s resolve to uphold its tenets in accordance with democratic principles.
“Ours is to uphold the constitutional mandate of the Assembly, meant to infuse fiscal discipline and accountability through periodic briefings of the media on how public funds are appropriated and expended.”
“I want to assure the people that the Assembly has nothing to hide and will continue to call all agents of Government to order whenever infractions are noticed and in the process, help in effective delivery of democratic dividends. And this is inclusive of the Assembly itself,” he added.
Speaker Egbedun dismissed what he called, orchestrated sponsorship of unfounded accusations, blackmail and rumours, designed to distract the executive and legislative arms of government in the state from the hard business of governance and the collective resolve to navigate the state towards genuine physical and human development.
Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker, OSHA.