By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
The Kwara State House of Assembly has directed its Joint Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and Ethics, Privileges and Judiciary to investigate all the 16 Local Government Councils over allegations of misappropriation of fund accruable to the councils since November, 2017.
To this end, it has urged the State Governor, Alhaji AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq, to suspend the affected Councils, pending the completion of its findings to ensure thorough investigation into the allegations.
The resolution followed the presentation of a petition by the House Leader, Hon Abubakar 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, Engr. Yakubu Danladi Salihu directed the Joint Committee to report it petitioner
to the House by 10th July, 2019 and mandated the Clerk to the House, Hajia Halimat Jummai Kperogi, to communicate the Resolutions of the House to the State Governor for action.
Members had while speaking on the petition explained that the investigation became imperative in view of the strategic position of the Councils to socio-economic development and glaring under development in all the Local Government Areas in the state.
The petitioner according to the House Leader alleged that the 16 councils in the state had received N33bn from the Federation Account and N5.2bn as Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), within the stipulated period, without any commensurate development at the third tier of government in the state.
The members who spoke on the petitions were members representing Malete/Ipaiye/Oloru, Afon, Ojomu/Balogun, Oke Ero and Omupo Constituencies Hon Babatunde Kareem, Abdul Wahab Opakunle, Saheed Popoola, Adetiba Olarenwaju Raphael and Barrister Ganiyu Folabi Salau.
The House equally in its Tuesday’s sitting 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.