Ogun State State House of Assembly says the State Audit Law, 2019, is meant to encourage accountability, transparency and probity in the administration of government’s finance, in line with the present administration’s drive for fairness and all-inclusiveness governance.
This was the summation of views of lawmakers, who spoke in unison in favour of the Bill titled: HB No 027/OG/2020- A Bill for a Law to provide for the Establishment of the Ogun State Audit Service Commission and Office of the Auditor General and for other matters connected therewith“, during its second reading.
This was consequent upon the motion for the second reading, moved by Hon. Musefiu Lamidi, seconded by Sola Adams and supported by the Whole House through a voice vote, at the Plenary presided over by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Olakunle Oluomo, at the Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
Lawmakers including the sponsor, Musefiu Lamidi, Honourables Abdul Bashir Oladunjoye, Ademuyiwa Adeyemi and Damilola Soneye, stated that the Bill was in line with the resolution earlier passed by the Assembly, advocating for the separation of the Office of the Auditor General from the Auditors, adding that the Bill, when operational, would expand the scope of Auditors to ensure financial monitoring mechanism to improve efficiency in the operations of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
Also, Honourables Oludaisi Elemide, Kemi Oduwole, Minority Leader, Ganiyu Oyedeji and Modupe Mujota, said the Bill became expedient to boost public confidence in government, as it would devise internal control mechanism to reduce waste and detect errors for the achievement of sound financial system in the State.
Responding, Oluomo, who commended his colleague-lawmakers for their contributions, added that the Bill was geared towards achieving operational independence for Auditors.
He thereafter committed the Bill to the House Committee on Public Accounts for further legislative actions.