Lagos Assembly summons Ambode, seeks explanation on expenditure

Lagos Assembly summons Ambode, seeks explanation on expenditure

The Lagos State House of Assembly has again summoned the immediate past governor of the state, Akinwunmi Ambode, to appear before it and give an account of his stewardship in office.

Ambode would appear before the lawmakers for the second time in a month to give an account of his stewardship.

The assembly, in a letter of an invitation, asked the former governor to appear before the committee of the house by 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 23, to give details of financial transactions under his watch.

Ambode has been under the lawmakers’ searchlight in recent times.

The House had earlier this month invited some former commissioners that served in the last administration in the state to give vivid accounts of government’s expenditures including the purchase of 820 mass transit buses for the state.

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The invitation titled: “Notice of summons: Mr Akinwunmi Ambode (the former Governor of Lagos State),” was signed by the Clerk of the House, Mr A. A. Sanni.

In the new summon, the former governor was reminded of the importance of appearing before the House to shed light on a five-point infraction raised by the Assembly.

The fresh notice stated, “The Lagos State House of Assembly, pursuant to Section 129 (1)(c) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) hereby summons His Excellency, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, the former Governor of Lagos State (May, 2015 – May, 2019) to appear before the Committee of the House on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at the Lateef Jakande Auditorium, Assembly Complex, Alausa, Ikeja by 1 pm.”

Ambode was asked to appear to clarify the following:

  • Unauthorised discounting of promissory note
  • Purchase of 820 buses by his administration without due authorisation
  • Misappropriation of Special Expenditure Funds
  • Improper implementation of the Appropriation Law
  • Non-adherence to the Financial Regulations of the state.

The notice urged the former governor to provide the Assembly’s committee with documents to justify that the above transactions did not violate constitutional provisions.

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