Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq invites EFFC to investigate his Government.
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq invites EFFC to investigate his Government. This is a reaction to the allegations of corruption leveled against him.
Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of kwara State has invited the Economic and Financial Crimes commission (EFCC) to conduct an independent probe into the allegations of mismanagement of local government funds leveled against him.
A statement released by the Governor’s spokesman Rafiu Ajakaye today July 14, which was later posted on twitter by the Governor said the invitation for a probe became necessary after some persons accused his administration of diverting funds meant for the 16 local government areas in the state. The governor said the EFCC will be invited to investigate the funds so far received and disbursed to the 16 local government areas between May 2019 and now.
The statement reads;
“For the sake of accountability and transparency, I am officially inviting the EFCC to come and probe the funds so far received as allocations and disbursed to the 16 local government between May 29 and now.”
“Separately, the governor will also be setting up a panel of inquiry in the immediate to look into the same issues. Members of the panel and its terms of reference would be announced soon.”
“This probe is borne out of the fact that this administration has not touched a kobo of money belonging to the local governments. It has nothing to hide. But for abundance of caution, the governor will be tasking not just the EFCC, but also a panel of inquiry with members drawn from various backgrounds to investigate the LG funds, how they have been spent, and expose any mismanagement or diversion of the funds (if any).”
“The call becomes necessary in view of the outrageous claims by some persons that money to the tune of N300 million was diverted monthly from LG accounts,” Mr Ajakaye said.
“The administration feels this deserves to be probed and laid to rest because governance is about public trust.”
“Similarly, His Excellency appeals to the House of Assembly which comprises the elected representatives of the people with oversight powers to hold a public hearing on the said matter.”
“The governor restated that he would not be found mismanaging or siphoning public funds.”
“I have always believed that the local governments should be allowed to manage their own funds with minimal or no supervision by the State as the law may allow.”
“Lastly, any official found to have diverted or mismanaged public funds under me would be made to account for same as prescribed under the law.”
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