By Mojisola Oladele
The Chairman, Osun State House of Assembly Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Mr Saheed Fatunmise says the ongoing budget defence presents a significant opportunity for the committee to scrutinize and access the financial proposals put forth by the State Government.
Mr Fatunmise stated this during the Budget Defence of some Ministries, Departments, Agencies, MDAs of the State held at the hallowed chamber of the State Assembly Complex, Osogbo.
He commended the State Ministry of Justice for an increased Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, attained in the last two months and urged them to sustain the tempo.
The Solicitor-General, State Ministry of Justice, Mrs. Morufat Bello led the Management team to present the budget of the Ministry with its Capital expenditure estimate of over four hundred million naira.
Also, the state Commandant of the Osun State Security Network known as “Amotekun Corps”, Retired Brigadier General Abiodun Adewinbe represented by the Amotekun Field Commander, Captain Soji Akanni during its Budget Defence emphasized the need to recruit more staff into the Agency for effective service delivery in all local governments of the state.
While commending the efforts of The AMOTEKUN CORPS on their efforts at curbing crimes across the state, the Chairman, the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Mr Saheed Fatunmise explained that the house acknowledges their challenges and urged them to strife to give their best.
Other Lawmakers in the Finance and Appropriation Committee as well as committees quizzed the MDAs on how to generate revenue for the Budget Estimate and how to make the 2024 Budget a reality.
Other Agencies that appeared for Budget Defense are; Osun State High Court, Judicial Service Commission, Osun State Customary Court of Appeal, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftainancy Affairs, Local Service Commission, Civil Service Commission and Osun State Independent Electoral Commission, OSIEC.