2018 Budget Padding: CRSHA Summons SSG, Others


Cross River State House of Assembly has summoned Secretary to the State Government, Barr Tina Agbor, and others to clear the air on their alleged involvement in the doctoring of the 2018 budget with a view of explaining their part in the illegality.
Our correspondent gathered that others invited together with the SSG include the Special Adviser, Department of Public Transportation (DOPT), Mr Emmanuel Mbora, Special Adviser, Budget Monitoring and Evaluation, Mr Abang Moses Onoh, Chairman, Commercial Transport Regulatory Agency (CTRA), Mr. Mfon Bassey, and Chairman Internal Revenue Service, Ogar Akpanke A.
In a press release with reference No: HA/ADM/66/330, dated 27th August 2018 and signed by Director Legislative Matters/Head of Chamber, Adie, Akabisong A, on behalf of the Clerk of the House, the Legislative Body said it has also set up a Special Committee to investigate the allegation which it described as ‘grievous.’
The release read in part: “The House considers these allegations grievous and capable of generating crisis in the commercial transport sub-sector of the State. For the avoidance of doubt, the House has not amended nor reviewed or transferred any provision or revenue heads in the 2018 Appropriation Law in favour of any MDA particularly Department of Public Transportation.”
In an invitation letter dispatched to the affected officials, the House said “the purpose of this letter is therefore to request you, all parties to this transaction, and critical stakeholders in the commercial transport sector to desist forthwith from implementing the aforementioned communiqué and wait for the outcome of the investigation. Arrangement for your appearance before the Special Committee will be communicated to you in due course.”
It would be recalled that the Chairman, CTRA, Mr Bassey, had on August 15 petitioned the Commissioner of Police requesting for an investigation and prosecution of the Special Adviser, Department of Public Transportation (DOPT), Mr Emmanuel Mbora, and the Special Adviser, Budget, Abang Moses Onoh, for an alleged conspiracy and forgery of budget estimates contained in Cross River state appropriation law, 2018 with the backing of the Secretary to State Government (SSG), Barr Tina Agbor. He also petitioned the House of Assembly asking for investigations into the saga.