We won’t tolerate misappropriation of LG funds – Osun Assembly

The Osun House of Assembly Wednesday said it would not tolerate mismanagement and misappropriation of local government funds.

The lawmakers were reacting to the three petitions received by the assembly accusing the chairman of Orolu local government council, Mr Adekunle Benson, of misappropriation of funds allocated to the council.

The House Committees on Public Accounts and Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs had summoned administrators of the 30 local government areas and 36 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) to give account of how the allocation received and revenue generated in the last six months were utilised.

The chairman of the House Committee on Public Accounts, Mr Rasheed Afolabi, said that the essence of establishing local government tier was to make the people at the grassroots feel the presence of government.

He added that providing the people basic amenities at the grassroots would fast track development at the grassroots.

But the lawmaker representing Ede-north state constituency, Mr Debo Akanbi, while questioning the Orolu local government chairman, asked him to account for how the N270 million allocated to his council was spent.

Akanbi said the chairman should also give detailed account of his spending, warning that the house would not accept corrupt practices that would impede development efforts at that tier of government.

Responding, Benson explained that he was constructing 16 boreholes and roofing the Orolu town hall which had been under construction in the last 35 years.

He said he had also graded roads within his council as well as constructed bridges linking some areas in the local government. (NAN)

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