Alleged LGs Fund Diversion: Ogun Assembly Summons Accountant-General, Others

2023-08-31 19:32:00

Independent Newspapers Nigeria

ABEOKUTA - Ogun House of Assembly, Thursday summoned the State Accountant-General and also all members of the Joint Account Allocations Committee to appear before the House over the current issues regarding local government funds in the state.

Mr Olakunle Oluomo, the Speaker, issued the invite during the plenary in Abeokuta.

Oluomo noted that the reason for the invitation was for a thorough explanation to the House on what was happening at the local governments so that the people of the state could be fully briefed.

He noted that the meeting would afford the Assembly to know what was happening and thereafter take necessary action.

"We have the power to investigate what's happening in our state and then do the needful.

"But I want to appeal to those that are concerned to please let's maintain law, peace and order in our various places, particularly in Ijebu East local government where I heard that protest are going on.

"Everyone should calm down and allow us to do our job.

"I hereby invite the accountant-general of the state and all members of the joint account allocations committee to appear before the house on Friday by 1pm.

"They are to come and explain to the House what exactly is happening so that the people of the state shall be fully briefed," he said.

The Chairman of Ijebu East Local Government, Wale Adedayo, had revealed that the 20 local government since the inception of Governor Dapo Abiodun's administration, have been running on zero allocation.

In a letter which he wrote to former Governor Olusegun Osoba which has went viral, Adedayo alleged that the local government funds were being diverted by the Governor.

He has also written the EFCC and ICP to investigate the Governor.

While the State has debunked the allegation, explaining that it has always augument the allocation, Adedayo was on Thursday suspended by the legislators I'm his local government for three months.

He was suspended on allegations of financial misappropriation.

He was on his way to the office of the Department of State Services, DSS, where he had been invited on the same issues when he was suspended.

Detachment of Police officers was seen within the Ogbere headquarters of the local government, preparatory to the suspension of the Chairman.

2023-08-31 News