Ogun Assembly indicts Amosun, accuses him of short-changing 57 LGAs

Ogun Assembly indicts Amosun, accuses him of short-changing 57 LGAs

- Members of Ogun Assembly have faulted Amosun's handling of local government funds

- The funds were said to have been deducted from the federation accounts

- Council chairmen were, however, asked to maintain transparency in their dealings

The immediate past governor of Ogun state, Ibikunle Amosun, has been indicted by the state House of Assembly.

Daily Trust reports that the lawmakers on Thursday, October 3, said the ex-governor short-changed all the 20 local government areas and 37 local council development areas in terms of allocation disbursement in three years.

Legit.ng gathered that the legislature equally reinstated 57 council chairmen who were suspended for alleged financial misappropriation in May.

It was learnt that the eighth Assembly had on May 31 suspended the chairmen but the ninth Assembly took over the investigation which spanned four months.

The legislature’s position followed presentation of the probe report by Akeem Balogun-led committee.

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The state Assembly, however, considered the report of its committee on the probe, saying it detected that each of the local government councils and LCDAs only obtained the sum of twelve million Naira (N12m) each, paid in six months instalments for the entire period of thirty months under review.

The report partly states: "Following the receipt of various petitions on allegations of financial misappropriation and non-performance levelled against the chairmen of the 57 local government councils and local council development areas in the state, the 8th legislature via House resolution 018/2019 on Friday, May 31, 2019 suspended all political office holders in all the local government councils and LCDAs in the state.

“Subsequently, after the Assembly’s various investigations, the House noted that: ‘All the Local Government and LCDAs were short-changed in terms of allocation from the Federation Account by the immediate-past administration in the state."

The Assembly, therefore, recommended that those chairmen found culpable be referred to the appropriate agencies of government for further investigation, with a directive to them to put their respective councils in order to ensure transparency and accountability in the administration of the third tier of government.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that some state governors would lose control of local government funds from the federation account due to the new Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) guidelines.

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Source: Legit Newspaper

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