There have been several criticisms and reactions from various groups and the public in Oyo state following alleged approval of extravagant spending of public fund on a trip to London, United Kingdom (UK) by the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Monsurat Olajumoke Sunmonu and wives of members of the House of Assembly.
Sunmonu is in the British capital with a retinue of aides, some principal officers of the House and the spouses of her 31 colleagues in the Assembly for eight days training on ‘Husband Support.’
The training sessions ends today, when a final lecture will be delivered and certificates issued.
Report says they are being accommodated in Custom House Hotel, London, while the Speaker was said to have led the women on a shopping spree in Peckham. According to reports, the hotel where they were lodged is about £100 per night, with 10 nights paid per person, making £1,000.
The trip, which was allegedly gulping N50 million of taxpayers money, came shortly after the return of the state legislators from another trip to South Africa over a week ago.”
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) condemned the trip, describing it as “a waste of Oyo State’s resources. The party noted that: “On hotel accommodation alone, over £50,000 will be spent on this trip that has no single benefit to the people of Oyo State.”
In a statement, the party’s zonal Publicity Secretary, Mr Kayode Babade, said it was laughable that the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) Government in Oyo State would send wives of House of Assembly members to London for training on “Husband Support.”
“If we may ask; is it in our constitution to send wives or husbands of House of Assembly members on courses, especially outside the country? Were they voted for?
“In the opinion of Governor Ajimobi, what benefit is Oyo State and its people going to derive from this jamboree on which over N50 million tax payers money is being spent?” Also, the spokesman for for former governor of the state, Otunba Adebayo Alao Akala, Mr. Dotun Oyelade, termed the jamboree a “reflection of the decadence in the present administration in the state.