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EXCLUSIVE: Oyo Lawmakers May ‘Boycott’ Budget Presentation Over Welfare Issues


Unlike in the past when budgets are presented few months to the new year, Oyo State 2019 appropriation bill presentation may be delayed till next year.

It was learnt that Ajimobi plans to bring the budget to the assembly tomorrow, 31st December, the last day of 2018.

OYO INSIGHT recalled how the governor presented the 2018 appropriation bill on December 14, 2017, while the 2017 budget was presented on December 29, 2016.

This newspaper had reported how Governor Abiola Ajimobi planned to present the budget, his last as governor, last Friday. Mr Toye Arulogun, who is Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, had confirmed the news to Nigerian Tribune.

Irked by the report, majority of the lawmakers, including All Progressives Congress, APC, members, expressed dismay, explaining that they were unaware.

For many months, the lawmakers confided in OYO INSIGHT, Ajimobi has not attended to their ‘welfare issues.’ They said the issues have been on before former speaker Adesina Michael Adeyemo died.

Asked what the ‘welfare issues’ are, one of them said it relate to statutory land allocation.

“The Governor has the file with him for so long and decided to do nothing about it,” one of the them revealed.

Explaining that the governor plans to bring  the budget to plenary on Monday, the lawmakers said “But up till now members issues are yet to be attended to. Members will boycott the sitting until their welfare issues are attended to.

With the current composition of the assembly, the ruling APC does not have majority. It has 14 out of the 32-member assembly. The African Democratic Congress, ADC, has 12, Action Democratic Party, ADP, has 4 while the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and Zenith Labour Party, ZLP, has one each. Al

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