Kwara Assembly to probe 16 LGs over alleged misappropriation of funds

Kwara State House of Assembly

The Kwara State House of Assembly has directed its Joint Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and Ethics, Privileges and Judiciary to probe all the 16 local councils over allegation of misappropriation of funds accruable to them since November 2017.

To this end, it has urged Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq to suspend the affected local councils pending the completion of its findings to ensure thorough investigation into the allegation.

This was the first major decision of the House since its inauguration few days ago.

The resolutions followed the presentation of a petition by the House Leader, Abubakar Olawoyin Mogaji, at the floor of the House, written by one Seidu Aliyu of Isale Ajanaku in Ilorin.

Reading the resolutions of the House, the Speaker, Yakubu Danladi Salihu, directed the committees to report the outcome of the scrutiny of the petition to the House by July 10, 2019 and mandated the Clerk of the House, Hajia Halimat Jummai Kperogi, to communicate the resolutions of the House to the governor for action.

Members had, while speaking on the petition, explained that the investigation became imperative in view of the strategic position of the local councils to socio-economic development and glaring under-development in all the councils in the state.

The petitioner, according to the House Leader, alleged that the 16 local councils in the state had received N33 billion from the Federation Account and N5.2 billion as internally-generated revenue (IGR) within the stipulated period without any commensurate development at the third tier of government in the state.

Meanwhile, the House has constituted its special and standing committees for effective service delivery, adopted the House Rules in accordance with Section 101 of the 1999 Constitution and formally allocated seats to all the members at the floor of the House.

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