*Former Appropriation Committee Chairman, Mayuku, Displays Fake Paper As 2017 Budget
* Deltans Take On Okowa, Call Him Out To Show True Copy Of 2017 Budget For Exoneration
Barely 48 hours, the immediate past National Deputy Chairman of the defunct fictionalised Sheriff Ali Modu’s Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), Cairo Ojougboh raised the alarm of Delta state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa running the state without a 2017 budget, Okowa and the leadership of the state House of Assembly, are yet to display to the public the true copy of the 2017 budget as demanded by Ojougboh.
According to Ojougboh’s letter to President Muhammadu Buhari which called for the immediate probe of Okowa by relevant government anti-graft agencies, “I dare any member of the Delta State House of Assembly to produce a copy of the approved budget estimate signed by the Chairman Appropriation Committee, the Clerk and the Speaker, let any member display same on any website.”
Rather than displaying the true copy of the 2017 budget operating by governor Okowa, his Chief Press Secretary, (CPS), Charles Aniagwu came out with saving face, describing Ojougboh’s allegation as lies.
At the heat of Ojougboh’s allegation, a mild drama ensued when the former chairman of the Delta State House of Assembly committee on Finance and Appropriation, Mr. Daniel Mayuku, representing Warri South-West constituency, hurriedly printed a fake paper and captioned it “Delta State Government Of Nigeria, Summary And Details Of Approved 2017 Capital Estimates” without the Delta state official Coat of Arms and flag and came up on his facebook timeline displaying same as the 2017 budget been operated by governor Okowa.
Mr. Mayuku displaying the fake paper as the 2017 budget under contention
But a member of the state house Assembly who pleaded for anonymity because of the sensitiveness of the issue at hand, disputed Mr. Mayuku’s claims saying it was a face saving tactics adding that unless the governor and the leadership of the house will play a fast one on Deltans and Nigerians to present a copy of the budget “If not there no budget anywhere. Okowa is running the state without a budget.”
“Deltans should have known the antecedents of my colleague, Mayuku by now, we all know what he did when he was the chairman committee on Finance and Appropriation, he is part of the problems been faced today in the state. Mayuku was involved in afraud of N180 million committed in 2010 in connivance with the former chairman of the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC), Mr. Reginald Bayoro, his secretary, Mr. Patrick Origho.
“Bayoro who is the current Head of Service, Origho the immediate past Head of Service and Mayuku, pocketed the N180 million through a Lagos based company called the “South Beach Company Limited (Security Printing and Services). Mayuku failed to carry out the contract he won to train the youths on empowerment before the dissolution of the DESOPADEC led by Wellington Okrika. Immediately after the dissolution, the training was not carried out and Mayuku connived with Bayoro and Origho to release the money and shared among themselves.” the lawmaker confided in our correspondent on phone.
Meanwhile Deltans have taken a swipe at governor Ifeanyi Okowa for running the state without a 2017 budget even as they called him out to show to the whole World the true copy of the budget he is using to run the state so as to exonerate himself of all the Ojougboh’s grievous allegation.
In another development, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has assured Deltans that he will not set up any caretaker committee for the local government councils.
The governor who made this known during
a valedictory session of Joint Account Allocation Committee (JAAC) with Local Government Council Chairmen in Asaba, stated that the state JAAC meetings were transparent, accountable and open as representatives of the various unions in the councils act as observers to the proceedings.
According to Okowa, caretaker committee for local government councils was unconstitutional and as a former Senator he can not breach the constitution, stressing that the interregnum before the next election would be very brief.
“I don’t believe in caretaker committee to man the council before the 2018 elections, it is unconstitutional, I have been in the senate to know that it is not in the constitution, the interregnum will be brief and elections will be held. At JAAC, we have tried to be as transparent, accountable and open as possible, I made sure that representatives of Nigeria Union Of Teachers, Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees and State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) are observers at JAAC to make it more transparent and let them see how the money accruing to the councils are allocated, I hope that the next JAAC will continue with this solid foundation built by you”