- Governor Obaseki has ordered the prosecution of chairmen sacked over corruption allegations
- The governor said that his administration has zero tolerance for corrupt practices
- Obaseki, however, lamented that the council with so much economic activity was among councils owing backlog of workers’ salaries in the state
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo has ordered the state justice ministry and the ministry of local government and chieftaincy affairs to commence prosecution of council chairmen who were relieved of their offices over corruption allegations.
Channels TV reports that the governor said this on Thursday, January 9, at the swearing-in of a new chairman for Esan West local government area, Ruth Osahon, at the Government House in Benin city.
Legit.ng gathered that the governor warned that his administration would not turn a blind eye to corrupt practices at the local council level.
“We will not be afraid to make the right decisions where necessary,” Obaseki warned.
Obaseki urged the new chairman of Esan West local government to cooperate with relevant authorities in investigations into records of the previous chairman of the council, Patrick Aguinede, who was sacked over corruption allegations.
He added that it was disheartening that the council with so much economic activity was among councils owing backlog of workers’ salaries.
“Esan West LGA should be able to pay its workforce as it hosts a state university, which attracts a lot of business activity. There is no justification for why Esan West local council should not be able to collect enough revenue to pay salaries and pensions and carry out other activities as a council,” Obaseki added.
It was reported that a statement from Crusoe Osagie, special adviser on media and communication strategy to Governor Godwin Obaseki confirmed the story.
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