Is Gov Nyesom Wike toning down on his probe of local council spending? He began by suspending 12 LG bosses and 15 chairmen of the parties. He recalled them and ordered a probe, showing he must have discovered things during their absence.
This coincided when the FG was liberating LGAs from financial subjugation to sates. The Governor’s action sounded unpopular and contrary to FG moves.
Now, he seems to tone down. He said the other day that the probe was not going to sack of council chairmen. Now, his deputy has followed up with the reasuurances. Rumours were coming that some of the LG bosses were threatening to open up, if…
Rivers State Deputy Governor says Local Government Audit aimed at improving grassroots development
Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Dr Ipalibo Harry Banigo has stated that the Committee to audit and investigate the 23 Local Government Councils is geared towards repositioning the third tier of government as a bastion of grassroots development.
Speaking during a meeting with council chairmen at the Government House Port Harcourt on Thursday, Deputy Governor Ipalibo Harry Banigo sought the cooperation of Council Chairmen in the course of the investigation.
She said: “The committee invited the council Chairmen to this meeting as key stakeholders in the Local Government structure; to seek your cooperation in carrying out the exercise.
“I assure you that the purpose of the exercise is not to witchhunt anybody, but to re-position the Local Government Areas as a bastion of grassroots development and democratic dividends.
“The local government is the closest tier of government to the people . Governor Wike wants to be sure that monies that get to the Local Government Areas are used in the overall interest of the people “.
The Deputy Governor said that it cannot be business as usual as the Rivers State Government is determined to ensure that pro-people projects are executed by local Government Areas.
“The Committee will not hesitate to indict any Local Government Council that may fail to give us maximum cooperation by refusing to provide all necessary documents in their possession.
“I therefore crave your indulgence for maximum cooperation with the committee for optimal results”, he said.
She warned against any attempt to compromise the committee.
Responding, Mayor of Port Harcourt City Local Government Area, Victor Ihunwo assured the committee of the cooperation of the Council Chairmen.