Ogun assembly summons former commissioner, others over financial infractions 

The Ogun state House of Assembly Committee on Public Accounts and Anti-Corruption has invited a Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Waheed Odusile, a former Permanent Secretary, Abiodun Awere and the Director of Finance and Accounts who served in the ministry between 2021 and 2022 for clarification of some financial infractions contained in the audit reports for the financial years referred. 

The chairman of the committee, Hon. Damilare Bello, issued the directive while considering the ministry’s auditor reports for the years 2021 and 2022 and the financial records as presented by the permanent secretary, Alhaji Waheed Adesina, at the assembly complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

Bello in company of other members of the committee submitted that the invited officials were expected to appear before the committee on Thursday, 29th of February, 2024 at 1.00pm to provide further information on various infractions regarding N92.9m released to the ministry from the governor’s contingency fund to supplement funds released for the expenditure of the ministry. 

The committee also directed the ministry’s Director of Finance and Accounts to furnish the committee with further details on the transfer of N2.51m to individual accounts as contained in the Year 2021 Auditor General Report.

Committee said, “It was observed from the available records and bank statements of the agency that N2,515,590.00 was transferred to the personal accounts of Mr. Ojo Emmanuel, special adviser on media for the purchase of working tools for OGSG New Media Team.

“This was a breach of Due Process procedure and it is against financial Regulations No. 614. It is advised that funds should be transferred directly to the vendors Bank Accounts and not individual personal accounts for the purpose of accountability and transparency.”