…Obasa accused of pocketing N80M with his colleagues for a Dubai trip
The Lagos-based civic organization, BudgIT Foundation, has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC to immediately commence investigations into the many allegations of financial impropriety leveled against the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa.
In a statement made available to Nigeria Today on Wednesday, BudgIT said the “Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has been accused of financial impropriety and misappropriation of N257 million, N17 million, and N53 million, with the latest of the allegations being the receipt of N80 million estacode for himself, his deputy and 17 others for attending a five-day event in Dubai amidst the fight against COVID-19”.
The statement further read: “This allegation corroborates our claim that the legislative arm of government has been largely non-responsive to the calls for transparency and accountability both at the federal and state levels, and these present allegations deepen the culture of disregard for transparency in the management of public funds.
“Recall that we have severally called out even the National Assembly through the #OpenNASS campaign over the years regarding the lack of transparency with its statutory allocations. It is disheartening that lawmakers, both at the national and state levels, are not being held to the highest standards of scrutiny. It has become imperative to emphasize the need for both the national and state houses of assembly to be above board by entrenching a framework for fiscal transparency and accountability.
“BudgIT through the Open Alliance Initiative, is at the forefront of advocacy for fiscal transparency in Lagos state, through the support of the Rule of Law and Anti-corruption (RoLAC) programme funded by the European Union being implemented by the British Council in five states; Adamawa, Anambra, Edo, Kano and Lagos. While the current administration has made some progress to #OpenLagos, it is important that fiscal transparency cuts across all arms of government and should be founded on a solid legislative framework.”
The civic organisation said it was important for the anti-corruption agencies investigate these allegations to show the government’s “seriousness in fighting corruption in the country, as well as to elevate public confidence in the government”.
“We also encourage other Civil Society Organisations to be bold in their advocacy and commitment to an open and inclusive government that encourages accountability and foster development at the national and subnational levels. Every true system of democracy has as its core, accountability to the people. The national and state legislative houses have not lived up to this ideal and this has got to change,” BudgIT added in the statement.
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