I did not receive invitation from Lagos Assembly —Ex-commissioner – Punch Newspapers

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Mr Olusegun Banjo, a former commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget in the immediate past administration in Lagos State, has said that no invitation was extended to him from the State House of Assembly.

Banjo said in a statement on Friday that he was ready to give an account of his stewardship as a commissioner.

He said, “I refer to page 9 of the Punch Newspaper of October 11, 2019 and other media publications, on the threat of the Lagos State House of Assembly to effect the arrest of the former Governor and four former commissioners that served with him.

“This is on the ground that they refused to honour the invitation of the House to appear before its committee probing the purchase of 820 buses during the tenure of the administration.

“As the commissioner in charge of budget at the time, this publication of the proceedings of the State House of Assembly came as a surprise.

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“At no time was any invitation extended to me to appear before any committee of the house,” he said.

Banjo said that though he was not expecting any invitation as he was never part of the bus purchase and implementation committee set up by the former governor before his appointment as a commissioner.

“I would gladly have responded to any invitation addressed to me by the House or any anti-corruption group looking into the matter or any matter concerning the period of my service,” the former commissioner said.

Banjo said that on seeing the publication, he called the Clerk of the House, who informed him that the invitation was sent to his former ministry.

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He said that he asked the clerk why no one called to inform him before going to the press, as their telephone numbers and email addresses were in the public domain.

According to him, the clerk apologised and requested for his residential address, which he sent to him immediately.

“I wish to correct the insinuation in the publications that I deliberately avoided the House of Assembly.

“I also want to state my readiness to appear before any of its committees, as this is the least required of me as a citizen of Lagos State and someone who has occupied public position in the past.

“I agree completely with the stance of the House for probity and accountability for those that held public offices in all arms of government,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday threatened to issue a warrant of arrest on former Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and four others who served under the ex-governor as commissioners.

(NAN)

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