The Osun House of Assembly on Wednesday, in one day, passed a bill – The Local Government Audit (Amendment) Bill 2018, presented before it for deliberation.
The House, relying on Order 54 Rule (1) of the Standing Orders and Rules, which empowers the parliament to process a bill in a day, read the bill from first reading to the third reading and pass it for the governor’s assent.
Mr Olalekan Afolabi, who heads the House Committee on Public Accounts, which sponsored the bill, explained that the bill sought to ensure efficiency, productivity, effectiveness and timely submission of reports of audit query.
Afolabi said the bill would also facilitate the assessment of projects executed by Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) by the office of the Auditor-General for Local Government as prescribed by the extant law of the state in this regard.
The lawmaker further explained that the bill would also ensure transparency, accountability and probity in the audit exercise, in the interest of the state and its citizenry among other benefits.
“Having an organic law in this respect, it will also boost Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state and set aside a pool of funds to work with by the office of the Auditor-General for Local Government for more productivity.
“It will also empower lawmakers and the Auditor-General for Local Government and his staff to ensure optimum performances in both their oversight functions and audit exercise in tune with modern day technological challenges according to financial international standard practice.
“The bill will also ensure timely payment of approved expenses and allowances meant for the performance of the duties of the office of the Auditor-General for Local Government so as to record and achieve a desired goal.
“The timely payment of such allowances will help in doing an in-depth audit and legislative oversight functions in the local governments and LCDAs in the state.
“With this, Osun has joined the league of states in the Southwest Region that have passed similar bills into laws such as Ekiti, Ondo and Oyo States,’’ he said.
The Speaker of the House, Mr Najeem Salaam, enjoined Gov. Gboyega Oyetola, to sign the bill into law on time, considering its many benefits to the state and the people.
In another development, the Assembly also sworn-in the newly-appointed Clerk of the House, Mr Simeon Amusan; appointed Secretary of the House Service Commission, Mr Sola Omiyefa and presented them with instruments of office.
In his remarks, Amusan, was full of gratitude to God and the Assembly for the elevation, promising to be more committed and dedicated to duty and improved services.
He said that his elevation was the first of the assembly’s autonomy.