By Richard Thomas. Ibadan
Oyo State House of Assembly has described the recent media reports claiming that its accounts were frozen by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), as a cheap rumour, baseless and untrue.
A statement signed by the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Kazeem Olayanju said neither its account nor that of any director was frozen by the Commission.
He charged journalists to always be objective and seek clarification on any issue before publishing their stories.
Hon. Olayanju said the report was not only misleading but also discrediting the principles and values of the 9th Assembly.
“Recently, EFCC invited some top staff of the House over a petition on how we bought our official vehicles as state lawmakers. The staff members appeared, answered all questions and all necessary documents were presented for accountability sake and that was all.
“The Assembly has been running all its legislative duties in line with the laid down procedures We hold plenaries, perform oversight functions to the best of our ability, and ultimately doing our best for the entire state.
“Where do will get fund to run the day to day activities if the account of the Assembly had been frozen?
“We want to appeal to journalists and media practitioners to be more objective, professional and always put the ethics of the job first, because they play very crucial roles in our democracy. I urge them to always do it in the best interest of the people.
“The House is open, the office of the speaker is open and our lines are always available for clarification on any information just to ensure their reports are objective, balanced and factual,” Olayanju said.