The Deputy Governor of Delta State, Sir Monday Onyeme, has called for the strengthening of the law to prosecute those who tell lies on oath.
The statement may be unconnected with the accusation by the former minister for education, Barr Kennet Gbagi that the Deputy governor was dismissed from the National Open University of Nigeria, (NOUN), for forgery.
He made the call on Tuesday when the management of the Nigeria Television Authority, NTA Channel 11, Asaba, paid him a courtesy visit in Asaba.
Why questioning “What am I forging? Is it the certificate or is it a financial document? What did I forge? And this institutions are still there, functioning, all the principal officers are still there for ease of verification.
“Recently, there is information that the Deputy governor was dismissed from the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, for forgery; why some of us refused to comment on the issue is because, it is very laughable, forgery of what? Why would somebody like me forge?
“How can a respected Nigerian come out and begin to say things that are not true? Is it because we don’t have solutions for people who go to the public to tell lies under oath?
“I don’t think our laws are strong enough against some of these things, if not people will not just come out and say things that are not true; such persons ought to be prosecuted.
“In your imagination, you raised allegation against a person, create a panel to try the person, sat as the Chairman of the panel – there was no witness; you found the person guilty, got the person dismissed from service; all in your imagination without any other person corroborating what you are saying and you come to the court of law and under oath, you say such things and claim that they are true.”
Earlier, the general manager, NTA, Channel 11, Phil Obanor, had in her speech pledged the effective coverage of activities of the government of Delta State.