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

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

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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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