Political wonders will never end in Nigeria! Street Journal has found out that while members of the Oyo State House of Assembly have just come back from a “working” visit to South Africa, their wives are in the United Kingdom for a training tour. Checks revealed that the trip was put in place for them to learn how to assist their husbands on the job under the guise of a “Women of Caliber” programme.
Incidentally, the first controversy that trailed the present House of Assembly bothered on a foreign trip. In September 2011, three months after the present House was inaugurated, the leadership of the House proceeded on a trip to the United Kingdom. The trip was undertaken while the state was still mourning and counting its losses as a result of the flood that ravaged parts of the state on August 26, 2011.
The many efforts of the House to convince the populace that the foreign trips were meant to make them better in their legislative duties have however not yielded much as many people believe that their trips are based on frivolous purposes.
Checks from London, England revealed that the legislators’ wives were lodged in the Custom House Hotel on Victoria Court Road E16, London. Checks at the hotel revealed that the “Nigerian ladies” went out in the morning and came back around 7 pm.
Street Journal’s findings also revealed that like the controversial trip to the United Kingdom last year, this year’s trip might have been facilitated by the Honourable Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, using her clout as a former staff of the UK Home Office.
When our correspondent called the House of Assembly’s Information Officer on Monday to find out the basis of the trip, as well as whether it was funded by tax payers or private individuals, he declined comments. The Information Officer said “well, I cannot comment on that, what you should do is to call the Chairman of the House Committee on Information.” Honourable Olagunju Kolade, the Chairman of the Committee who represents Akinyele 1 Constituency could however not be reached as at the time of filing this report.