Ogun State House of Assembly has passed a resolution, approving the State Government’s request, authorising the Muhammadu Buhari -led Federal Government to deduct the State’s share of $1Billion from the Excess Crude Account (ECA), for the purchase of the military hardware, to combat the security challenges bedevilling the nation, in line with the State Executive Council’s decision.
The passage of the resolution followed a motion moved by the Majority Leader, Adeyinka Mafe, seconded by the Minority Leader, Olawale Alausa and supported by the Whole House, through a voice vote at today’s plenary presided over by the Speaker, Hon. Suraju Ishola Adekunbi, at the Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
Opening the debate on the governor’s request, shortly after the Speaker acknowledged the Governor’s request through a correspondence, dated 30th of May, 2018, Mafe, while citing order 21 rule of the House, explained that the approval became necessary, to validate the fund expended in the procurement of military hardware, meant to tackle the menace of insecurity being faced by the nation.
He added that the step by the federal government to procure military hardware from the United States (US) to support the Armed forces in its ongoing operations to end insurgency and other security challenges in the country needed to be commended, as the previous government could not secure the window for such purchase from the US in the last ten years.
Corroborating Mafe’s view, the Minority Leader, Olawale Alausa, Olusola Bankole, Olayiwola Ojodu and Yetunde Sogbein-Adekanbi called for the unanimous passage of the resolution in the interest of national security, adding that it was also in fulfilment of due process, as the United States had acknowledged the receipt of the fund.
Also speaking, other lawmakers including Atanda Rasaq, Akinpelu Aina, Bowale Solaja and Adebowale Ojuri remarked that effective security network was essential to the growth and development of any nation, saying that the decision for the approval was aimed at complementing government’s efforts at tackling insecurity, at all levels of government.
Earlier in his letter, Amosun explained that there was need for the procurement of military equipments to support the Armed forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in its on-going operations to end insurgency and other security challenges in the country.
“It is in support of this development that I write to inform the Honourable House that, the State Executive Council has resolved that the State’s share of the sum of $1billion spent on the procurement of the military hardware be deducted from Excess Crude Account (ECA)”, the letter partly reads.
In another development, the Speaker has played host to the State’s Implementation Committee for the All Progressive Congress Legislative and Policy Framework, led by the Vocal Person, Omolayo Olorunwo, with an assurance that the State House of Assembly would continue to chart the path of progress by enacting more people-oriented legislations, meant to engender even development in all parts of the State.
Adekunbi who appreciated the forum for designing quality legislations, as observed in the bills earlier forwarded to the Assembly, explained that the Assembly under his leadership had over the years, passed relevant legislations, which had impacted positively on the lives of the people.
Earlier in his speech, Olorunwo lauded the Assembly for the speedy passage of the three prototype bills earlier forwarded to it by the Progressive Governors’ Forum, as well as the timely implementation by the executive arm.
He outlined the bills to include, State Security Trust Fund Law, Amendment of the law on the State Internal Revenue Service, State Universal Basic Education Board, as well as the Harmonised Revenue and Other Charges Law of Ogun State, which is presently at the Committee stage at the Assembly.