Enugu House Of Assembly Orders Arrest Of Accountant General Over ‘Unpaid Funds’

Enugu House Of Assembly Orders Arrest Of Accountant General Over ‘Unpaid Funds’

Sullivan Chime

Enugu State House of Assembly has ordered the police to arrest the Ac­countant General (AG) of the state, Mr. Paschal Okolie, and bring him be­fore the House on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 to explain why he has refused to release overhead funds due to the Assembly.

Moving the motion, Ude- Okoye representing Awgu North said it was in accor­dance with Section 129 Sub-section 12 of 1999 Constitu­tion, as amended, pointing out that the accountant gen­eral had continually flouted the order of the House to appear before it.

The House had on Tues­day, April 14, 2015 issued an order on the Accountant General, Oko­lie, to appear before it on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 but he failed to ap­pear.

The Assembly had on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 suspended John­bull Nwagu, representing Udi North State Constituen­cy for alluding to the House as a ‘powerless one’.

The suspended Nwagu, who was the chairman of House Committee on Fi­nance and Appropriation before his indefinite suspen­sion, was alleged to have told one of his colleagues that they would not get their overhead for failing to ap­prove the over N11 billion loan presented to them by the out going governor, Sul­livan Chime.

Still boiling over Nwagu’s uncomplimentary comment, the House yesterday ordered the arrest of Okolie for ne­glecting to answer to their summon to explain why the legislative arm should not get its overhead for the leg­islative function.

Moving a motion for the arrest of the accountant general, Ude-Okoye said Okolie had refused to ap­pear before them and for that reason they had to ex­ercise their constitutional power to, “compel him,” to appear before them.

According Sun Online, the Enugu Assembly has been having a running battle since the legislature refused to approve an N11 billion loan request by the governor.

That refusal was be­lieved to be the reason be­hind the withholding of the overhead due to the Assem­bly by the state accountant general.

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