The Oyo State House of Assembly has passed a vote of no confidence on the state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor ADENIYI OLOWOFELA, after he was invited to address the house on the handling of fund for the School Feeding Programme in the state.
The commissioner, Permanent Secretary in the ministry, federal coordinator of the programme and representatives of food vendors involved in the scheme were invited after a resolution was passed on November 7, 2017.
The resolution followed a motion presented by the lawmaker representing Irepo/Olorunsogo state constituency, OSENI GANIYU in which he had noted that there was a noticeable abnormality in the handling of the feeding programme, which must be addressed by the commissioner and the others.
But, after telling the House that detailed investigation ought to be carried out before a motion would be moved on the floor of the house to avoid embarrassment, some lawmakers felt that OLOWOFELA was being arrogant and disrespectful to the house.
They then moved for his suspension or removal for failing to recognise the powers conferred on the house to investigate any issue that was of public importance.
In an interview with correspondents, OLOWOFELA said he acknowledged the right of the House to summon him to clear the issue, but said that the allegation was false and baseless.
In their reaction, the food vendors accused the House of wrongly accusing OLOWOFELA and submitted a letter at the Governor’s Office to challenge the lawmakers.
Coordinator of the Association of Food Vendors of the Home Grown School Feeding Programme, Mrs. TOYOSI AJOBO, said the commissioner had never asked for a bribe or diverted their fund as alleged by the House.