Mr Olakunle Oluomo (APC-Ifo 1), Speaker, Ogun House of Assembly, on Wednesday said that the parliamentarians were yet to be paid their constituency project allowance since the commencement of the 9th Legislature.
Oluomo stated this while responding to the submission of Mr Musefiu Lamidi (APM Ado-Odo-Ota 11) during the plenary in Abeokuta.
The speaker expressed concern over the misinformation in some quarters that members of the assembly had received their constituency project allowance and had failed to do the needful in their constituencies.
Oluomo stated that most projects embarked upon by the lawmakers in their various constituencies were being financed from their personal resources.
“We have spent one year and few months; no one has collected constituency project allowance because of the economic situation in the country; anything we do is from our sweat.
“The assembly will not hesitate to do the needful immediately we receive any money from the government.
“We will announce to the people immediately we receive money for constituency projects from the state government,” he said.
Lamidi had noted that he was accused by his constituents of collecting constituency projects allowance from the government and had refused to use the money accordingly.
He, however, appealed for caution, calling on his colleagues to thread with caution with members of their constituencies, as regards issues on constituency projects allowance.
Also at the plenary, Oluomo read Gov. Dapo Abiodun’s letter, calling for the elongation of the tenure of office for members of the Local Government Transition Committees in the 20 council areas by three months.
The speaker, however, appealed to the governor to put the machinery in motion, to conduct the local government election in the 20 local government areas, after the additional three months requested for by the governor.
Oluomo directed the governor’s letter to the House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs for further action.