Just In: Oyo Lawmakers Yet To Receive Any Allocation, Makinde Only Slashed Assembly Monthly Running Cost — OYHA Insider
By Henry Odeh
A source in the Oyo state house of assembly who pleaded to speak with sunrisebulletin.com on condition of anonymity has provided an insight into details of the meeting between governor Seyi Makinde and members of the Oyo State Assembly describing the report of the meeting published by some online media as false and misleading.
In the report making rounds on social media late Sunday evening that the executive governor of Oyo state, Engr Seyi Makinde and members of the Oyo State House Of Assembly had reached an agreement for a reduction in lawmakers monthly allocation by 30% (thirty percent) was fallacious and utterly false in its entirety.
According to the source who claimed to have detailed knowledge of what transpired at the meeting between the governor and the lawmakers, stated that there was nothing like monthly allocation to any lawmaker from the executive to the legislators right from inception of the present administration till date.
The source however queried where the author of the story which was described as figment of the writer’s imagination emanated from, and urged members of the public to disregard such misleading story as it was capable of breeding bad blood between the two arms of government.
The source noted that the 9th assembly operates a regular monthly cost totalling about 85% of the total running cost of the legislative house from the 8th Assembly but due to the dwindling oil price at the international market, affected monthly allocation, and internally generated revenue (IGR), both the executive and the legislative arms of government agreed to slash the current running cost of the house by 30% in order to keep civil servants salaries in the state unaffected.
The source stressed that it was a mutual agreement between the governor and the lawmakers noting that some divisive elements within were merely trying to feast on the development to make a sensation out of it, describing it as trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill.
The source said that the underlying point to note in the whole process was the unwavering commitment to the welfare of the people by the Makinde led administration and the cooperation and support it enjoys from the 9th Assembly towards achieving its blueprint.
Sunrisebulletin.com had previously reported that member’s of the 9th assembly have yet to receive any form of allocation or allowance for constituency projects leading to speculations if there was harmony between the two arms of government, the source who however, preferred to remain anonymous emphasized that the word monthly allocation was not even mentioned in the course of the whole meeting, urging detractors to desist from playing politics with the current challenges the state is faced with in term of public health,
Stressing that the decision by both arms of government shows how far the present administration was ready to go to make sacrifices in order to give joy and happiness to the people in the face of discomfort, calling it a very welcomed development in the annals of Oyo state public office.