BY OLUMIDE ABUDU
The Ondo State House of Assembly has passed into
law a bill establishing the State Public Complaints, Financial Crime And Anti- Corruption Commission And Other Matters Connected thereto.
The Report of the Committee of the Whole House set up to scrutinise the bill was presented to the House at its plenary presided over by the Speaker, Mr Bamidele Oleyelogun.
At the presentation by the Deputy, Speaker, Reverend Samuel Aderoboye, noted that after thorough scrutiny, the committee observed that the provisions contained in the bill would to a large extent discourage, curb and reduce financial crime and anti-corruption in public service.
The Committee also observed that the bill would create employment opportunities for the people of the state and promote public awareness.
The Committee recommend that there shall be for the Commission a board consisting Chairman and members and shall hold office for a period of five years and may be re-appointed for another term of five years.
In section 24(1) of the bill, there shall be Departments of public complaints and Citizens Right, Anti corruption and general investigation, Assess monitoring and recovering, among others, while the Department of legal prosecution shall prosecute suspects.
The Majority Leader , Oluwole Ogunmolasuyi while moving a motion for the bill to be moved to third reading commended the Committee and all the stakeholders involved in the bill for a job well done.
Meanwhile, The House has inaugurated Autonomy Committee headed by the lawmaker representing Ilaje Constituency 1, Prince Abayomi Akinruntan.
The committee put in place during plenary will have as its Secretary, the Clerk of the House, Mr Benjamin Jaiyeola.
The Speaker, Mr Bamidele Oleyelogun appreciated the House for its total commitment towards Legislative business.
Oleyelogun who also commended Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for the achievement recorded so far declared that the lawmakers would commence recess from January 6 to March 4, 2022.
The Chairman House Committee on Information, Youth and Sports Development, Mr Olugbenga Omole while Speaking with Assembly Correspondents said the recess was delayed due to some official assignments which they needed to complete.