Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has disclosed that his government has never spent a dime without the approval of the Osun State House of Assembly since he assumed office.
Governor Aregbesola made the disclosure while addressing a gathering during the Special Parliamentary Session organized by the members of the Osun State House of Assembly in honour of the Speaker of the House, Hon. Najeem Salam on his 50th birthday celebration.
Governor Aregbesola stated that his government has been conscious of the legislative roles in the running of the constitutionally designated duties of the government, stressing that the impact of the legislature can never be over emphasized towards the achievement of a sustainable democracy.
Governor Aregbesola who reacted to the recent petition allegedly written and forwarded to the House for investigation by one sitting Judge of the State High Court, Justice Folahanmi Olamide Oloyede, where the Governor was accused to have collected and mismanaged over N538 billion between 2010 to 2014, described the petition as not only unfortunate but also a fabrication and baseless.
Governor Aregbesola who denied the allegation stated even if the state is earning N5 billion every month it could not still have accrue to such outrageous amount within the years in question.
Governor Aregbesola noted that despite his high level of transparency and openness he could not believe that such hate statement could emanate from a member of the other arm of government who is part of the system and who by the virtue of her office is highly respected.
Governor Aregbesola said he can never be distracted or forced to deviate from the right path of fulfillment in spite of the current economic challenges ravaging the state and the country at large.
Governor Aregbesola stated that the role of the legislative arm in a democratically elected government can never be over emphasized as most of the executive roles are hinged on the collective ratification and approval of the legislature, adding that in the eye of the law, nothing can be done without the approval of the members of the House of Assembly.
Governor Aregbesola explained that the roles of the legislature was not only limited to the approval of the appropriation bill from the executive but also has a prominent oversight functions and roles in ensuring that executive performs his statutory duties as expected in line with the constitution.
Governor Aregbesola said it is also the duty of the State House of Assembly having approved the implementation of a proposed appropriation bill or the proposed projects to be executed by the executive, to equally monitor it and ascertain that the approved fund is used for the said projects which his government has been successfully managed with the previous and current legislators.
Governor Aregbesola said if anyone now feels that he or she at the comfort of his house can just petition the Governor without the requisite knowledge on the fact that it is not possible for the executive be it Governor, Commissioner, and other government parastatals and agencies, to implement any project whatsoever without the consent and approval of the House, he or she is just wasting his or her time and such petition will always amount to mere emotional disposition that can never be enforced by law.
Governor Aregbesola lauded the resilience and doggedness of the state legislators for being forthright and unwavering in carrying out their constitutional duties since its inauguration, stressing that the House has been very cooperative, supportive and collaborative with his government.
Governor Aregbesola assured that the current economic crisis in the state would soon become a thing of the past as his government is working round the clock to make life more prosperous, meaningful, fulfilling, peaceful and abundant to the entire citizenry.
Governor Aregbesola stated that parliamentary system of the government remained the best for Nigeria and other developing countries of the world, noting that it is the only system of government that concentrates all governmental powers in the hands of the legislature and as such, helping the financial management of the government because all the financial resources are concentrated on legislature for distribution and disbursement and whoever fails, either member of the parliament or the executive will definitely face the sanction of the parliament.
Governor Aregbesola described Speaker Najeem Salam as an epitome of humility, patience, tolerance, perseverance and God fearing.
He therefore wished him more prosperous life on earth as he celebrates his golden jubilee age, urging him not to deviate from good deeds, good work and as well be more committed and dedicated welfare of the people as part of his traits.
The state Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon. Rasak Salensile described the celebrant as an articulate, diligent, contented, pleasant, opened-handed and kind man who can give anything out within his disposal and do anything to satisfy his fellow beings, describing him as a scholar per excellence.
In their separate goodwill messages, the Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Adesina Micheal Adeyemo; his counterpart from Ogun, Hon. Surajudeen Ishola Adekunbi; former Speakers of Osun State House of Assembly, Hon. Majeed Alabi and Hon. Adejare Bello; described the celebrant, Hon. Najeem Salam as a man of substance, integrity and humility, symbol of success, triumphant, truthful and seasoned politician who is always conscious about the feelings of others.
While Hon. Timothy Owoeye, Hon. Debo Akanbi, Hon. Abiodun Awolola, Hon. Olalekan Afolabi, Hon. Oladejo Makinde, Hon. Femi Fafiyebi and Hon. Adeoye Adelakun among others described the celebrant as an asset to the state legislative arm, Osun State and Nigeria, wishing him more years in good health, abundant knowledge and robust wisdom to continuously steer the ship of the House to the promised land as aspired by all.
The celebrant was blessed by traditional rulers such as: the Akinrun of Ikirun, Oba Abdul-Rauf Adedeji; Aragbiji of Iragbiji, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Olabomi; Elende of Eko-ende, Oba Kamil Ajadi; among others who all prayed to God to bestow the celebrant with more prosperous life, wisdom and grace to witness more years on earth.
The august occasion witnessed the presence of the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti; Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola; the state Head of Service, Mr. Sunday Owoeye; the state Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, Prince Gboyega Famodun and different people from all walks of life.