ALGON Accuse Fubara Of Withholding Rivers Council Funds, Seeks Tinubu's Intervention | Independent Newspaper Nigeria

2024-05-08 20:38:21

Independent Newspapers Nigeria

PORT HARCOURT - The Rivers State Chapter of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), has accused the state Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara of withholding funds meant for the 23 local government areas of the state.

The association during a press conference in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, called on President Bola Tinubu to intervene and prevail on the Governor to release their April allocation.

Chairman of the association, Allwell Ihunda, who is also Chairman of Port Harcourt City LGA, while speaking on behalf of the LGA Chairmen, said Governor Fubara was deliberately refusing to hold the joint account allocation committee meeting in the state to starve the third tier of government of required funds to discharge their functions.

He said, "It has come to the notice of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, Rivers State chapter, that the Rivers state government, under the leadership of His Excellency, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, has neglected, failed, and deliberately refused to hold the statutory joint account allocation committee meeting, which is the prerequisite for the disbursement of funds due to the local government in the state joint local government accounts.

"He has continued to withhold the statutory allocations due to the 23 local government councils of Rivers state since April 2024 and in the case of Emohua L.G.A. since March, 2024 till date for no just course, thereby starving the third tier of the government of the funds required to discharge its statutory functions in the administration of the local government areas."

Ihunda further disclosed that the Governor had during a recent meeting with heads of LGA administrations and treasures, ordered them to compile the salary vouchers of civil servants, excluding chairpersons, vice chairpersons, and councilors.

He alleged that the governor made the move to "unlawfully dip his hands into LGA funds and pay workers' salaries directly without the involvement of democratically elected LGA officers."

He further stated that the recent comments credited to Governor Fubara describing the house of assembly as non-existent shows that the governor was taking the state into the "dark ages of totalitarianism."

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