Ogun Land Bureau's Probe: Former DG To Re-appear Before State Assembly On Friday - EDU-BIZNEWS


Monday, November 16, 2020

Ogun Land Bureau's Probe: Former DG To Re-appear Before State Assembly On Friday

Ogun State House of Assembly has asked the immediate past Director General of the State Bureau of Land and Survey, Biyi Ismail to re-appear before it on Friday.

The House Committee on Public Accounts and Anti Corruption led by Hon. Musefiu Lamidi, is probing the finances of the bureau between 2015 and 2019 , following series of queries against Ismail in the Audited Reports of the agency during the period under review.

The Committee Chairman  issued the summon on Monday during the visit of the Director General who doubled as Special Adviser on Land and Survey to former Governor Ibikunle Amosun 

He also directed the State Bureau of Lands and Survey to immediately furnish it with relevant  documents relating to all costlines including those containing the construction of ICT Infrastructure running into over N400m carried out in 2016 as well as the list of all non-committed acquisitions along Abeokuta-Sagamu.

Lamidi whose Committee is considering  the bureau's Audit reports between 2015 and 2019 at the Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, urged the former DG to reappear before the Commmitee on Friday, 20th November, 2020.

The House Committee Chairman, who warned the Director of Finance and Accounts of the Bureau, Mr. Usman Ojelabi, from hoarding necessary information from the Committee, further requested for the list of land allocation at Flowergate between 2015 and 2019 as well as that of all commercial allocation at River-View in Isheri for the same period.

He listed the infractions raised in the Audited Reports against Ismail, to include wrong classification of expenditure, keeping of dormant account to the tune of N9.4m as well as lack of pre-audit checks by the internal auditor amongst others which according to the reports were against due process.

Lamidi equally observed that the revenue achievement of the Bureau dropped from N10.6bn to N3.1bn, when considering 2018 against 2019 report signifying 70% reduction from the various revenue streams.

He pointed out that the large reduction on the revenue was on plot allocation and layout fees which the Bureau needed to clarify.

He urged the management of the Bureau to furnish the Committee with the necessary details including bank statements on all accounts, supporting documents to all cost lines and bank reconciliation amongst others on or before 3.00pm on Wednesday 18th November, 2020; just as the former DG of the  Bureau alongside the Management team should report back to the Assembly on Friday, 20th, 2020 at 10.00am prompt.

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