Ogun Assembly Summons Another Three Former DGs Over Financial Infractions..Warns Officers Against Sabotage - EDU-BIZNEWS


Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Ogun Assembly Summons Another Three Former DGs Over Financial Infractions..Warns Officers Against Sabotage

The Ogun State House of Assembly  has summoned another three former Director General, Bureau of Lands and Survey and other officials who served in the Bureau between 2015- 2019 to appear before its Committee on Public Accounts and Anti-corruption on Thursday, 15th of September, 2022.

The Public Account Committee of the house had earlier summoned a former Director General of the bureau, Mr. Biyi Ismail who failed to honour  the previous invitation notice  issued by the committee for a meeting in response to the some financial infractions raised against him in the 2015-2019 audit queries being considered by the lawmakers

The Chairman of the Committee, Musefiu Lamidi who issued the fresh summon, however warned  officials of the Bureau  against any act that would prevent the house from discharging its constitutional roles of ensuring accountability and transparency in government finances and operations.

Musefiu in company of Honourables Abdul Bashir Oladunjoye, Ganiyu Oyedeji, Kunle Sobukanla and Amosun Yusuf explained that Ismail was expected to re-appear to clarify grey areas in relation to the infractions reported in the audit report of the Bureau for the period.

The invited former Directors General are Mr. Biyi Ismail, Mr. Wale Oshinowo, Jumoke Akinwunmi and a former Surveyor General, Ken Salem Onasose.

Also invited were former Directors, Lands Services, Finance and Accounts and their Administration and Supplies counterparts including Mr. Okesade Olufemi, Mr. Sobande Kolawole, Mr. Usman Ojelabi, Mr. Fatai Adeboyejo and the present Head of Lands Registry in Bureau.

The Committee which had earlier sent correspondences to the Bureau requesting for the submission of some documents and were yet to be availed, directed the representative of the incumbent DG Lands and Senior Special Assistant on (Legal) in the Bureau, Barr. Akande Emmanuel to avail the Committee with relevant documents to aid its assignment.

According to Musefiu, " you are expected to submit the revenue returns between 2015-2019, bank inflows and outflows, reconciliation statements, eleven bags of revenue ledger and the ICMA manifest for the period under review.

"Let me warn Bureau of Lands sternly, that it has been part of your practices of files to be getting missing always, we are not going to take it; majority of your officials are going to face the music this time around because it is going to be by the resolution of the entire House.'"

"We are interested in some list of files that have been sent to you, but till now, we have not been able to receive them, especially the ones on Redeemer's University. Heads will roll", he warned 

This exercise is not a personal vendetta nor for witch -hunting, former DG lands will be the last person we will do that to being a very good friend and brother, but we want to bring some things out to serve as deterrent for others. Please, whenever we request for any documents, make sure you provide it for us, it won't serve anybody any good, if you decide to prevent this Committee from working, by extension, you are preventing the whole House from doing their Constitutional job", Musefiu clarified

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