Former Presidential Candidate of the African Democratic Congress, Pat Utomi, is expected to moderate the public debate between the executive and legislative arms of the Ogun State Government over the controversial N100b bond.

The State’s Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Sina Kawonise, who made this known yesterday in Abeokuta, said the debate is scheduled to hold on Wednesday, September 8, 2010.

Lawmakers had challenged the states’ governor, Gbenga Daniel, to the debate after they declined to back the bond deal.

Mr. Kawonise initially mocked the idea of a public debate on the matter but the position was later changed. The lawmakers promised to okay the bond if they lost the debate.

Live transmission

Mr Kawonise said the public debate, which will be transmitted live on Gateway Television and Gateway Radio, will hold at the station’s studio at 10.00am and that the executive and the legislature are expected to be represented by three members each.

“The public debate which will be transmitted live on Gateway Television and Gateway Radio will hold in the studios of the Gateway Television, Abeokuta as from 10.00am, while a renowned political economist, Prof Pat Utomi will serve as the Moderator,” he said.

“The state government wishes to give the assurance that all necessary arrangements have been put in place at the Gateway Television to ensure smooth transmission of the programme. It is hoped that the leadership of the state house of assembly will live up to its call on this crucial matter.”

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