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Assembly summons principal officers over pension scam

31 July 2012, 12:54

Osun - The Osun House of Assembly has summoned  three principal officers of Osun State Pension Board  to appear before it on Tuesday to  answer questions on the activities of the agency.

The officers, summoned over allegation of fraud are the coordinating director of the board, the principal administrative officer and the accountant.

Mr Kamil Oyedele, the Chairman of the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, moved the motion for the summon and was  seconded by Mr  Ipoola Binuyo, the Chief Whip.

Oyedele said the committee had sent two letters dated June 15 and July 18 inviting the officers to the board but they failed to honour the invitations.

 The Majority Leader of the House, Mr Timothy Owoeye, said that "it means that the officers have skeletons in their cupboards" by refusing to come and disclose the needed information on the contributory pension fund.

Owoeye said that the officers should be made to give appropriate account of the pension fund or face punishment.

 In his contribution, the Deputy Speaker, Mr Adegboye Akintunde, said only the house could save retirees from fraudulent officials and urged the members not  to hesitate in taking necessary action in time.

The Speaker of the House,  Mr Najeem Salam, urged the committee to  investigate the details of the account and make sure that no money was missing.

Salam urged the officers to come with necessary documents as initially demanded by the Committee on Finance and Appropriation.

He warned that anybody who flouted  the order of the House of Assembly would be punished.

He promised that the assembly would use all within its powers to correct all the wrong acts in state government institutions.



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