Rotimi Agboluaje, Ibadan
Oyo lawmakers have told Governor Abiola Ajimobi to appoint a substantive Auditor-General for the state.
In a motion jointly moved by Hon. Afeez Adeleke(Iseyin/Itesiwaju),Hon.(Mrs.)Bolanle Agbaje (Ibadan North1),Hon. Fatai Adesina (Ibadan South-East 1),Hon. Solomon Akande (Ogbomoso South) and Hon. Bolaji Badmos (Akinyele),the lawmakers stressed that the appointment of the auditor-general is a constitutional matter.
According to them, the position of the Auditor-General for a State is a statutory and sacrosanct one when it comes to the issue of governance in order to ensure transparency, accountability and probity.
The lawmakers cited section 126(1) of the 1999 Constitution, which vests the power of appointment of Auditor-General for a state to the Governor of the State subject to the confirmation of the House of Assembly.
The House noted that during the consideration of the year 2016 Budget of all Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government in February, 2016 the present auditor-general introduced himself as acting auditor-general and a year plus after, he still remains in acting capacity.
They pointed out that during interactions with the acting Auditor-general and Accountant -General for the state in 2017 budget defense, it was discovered that the audited reports of annual accounts of the state was last submitted to the House in 2013.
They said that this development contravenes the provisions of sections 125(2) and (5) of the 1999 Constitution, adding that if the issue is not addressed it might affect the image of the government.
Consequently, the lawmakers urged the governor to confirm the appointment of the auditor-general and also directed the auditor to comply with the Constitution.