By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The Oyo State House of Assembly has passed into law the Anti-Agency Bill during the House plenary on Tuesday.
This was in line with the promise of Engr Seyi Makinde shortly after taking oath of office as the Governor of Oyo state to domesticate the anti-graft agency and wage total war against corruption and financial impropriety.
This followed the third reading of the Bill and presentation of the report of the Committee on Public Account, Finance and Appropriation read by its Chairman, Hon Kehinde from Akinyele 2 constituency.
Speaking on the passage of the Executive Bill into law, the Speaker, Honourable Adebo Ogundoyin said the anti-corruption agency Bill was aimed at controlling and regulating finances as well as preventing corruption among political office holders, public servants and other person in the state.
Hon Ogundoyin said when fully operational, the anti-graft agency in the state will assist in attracting more local and foreign investors to the state as they will be willing to partner Oyo state.
According to him, the new law will also help in presenting Oyo state Government as a transparent administration and one with zero tolerance for corruption
“The law which established the agency has been so designed in a way that will not hinder or duplicate the activities of federal ant,-graft agencies including the EFCC and ICPC but will further complement their activities to completely rid Oyo state of corrupt activities and practices”
“If Governor Seyi Makinde could promise to present himself for probe by putting aside his immunity in case of allegation of impropriety, then the people of Oyo state and indeed Nigeria should be convinced of the readiness of the PDP led Government in the state to run a transparent and corrupt free administration” Hon Ogundoyin added.
It will be recalled that before the passage of the anti-corruption agency law, the House Committee on Public Accounts, Finances and Appropriation conducted a public hearing where opinions and submissions of different stakeholders were received, collated and thoroughly scrutinized and considered.