According to the governor, he wants to know how the councils spent their Local Government Allocations from May 2018 to May 2019.
Speaking at the state House, he disclosed that his intention is not to remove any Council Chairman or official from office but to improve on probity and accountability in the state’s Local Government Councils.
“We are not trying to remove any Local Government Chairman, but it cannot be business as usual in the 23 Local Government Areas. We want to know how the Local Government Councils spend their Local Government Allocations. I have never interfered in the administration of LG funds,” Wike said.
Wike revealed that apart from state projects, no Local Government Area has a single project to show, adding that no local Government Chairman has ever invited him to commission a project in the state.
“I am not one of those governors that interfere with Local Government funds. I have found out that there is no Local Government Area where you see a single project. When I was Local Government Council Chairman, we executed projects. For me, I invited the State Governor at the time, Dr Peter Odili to commission projects. No local Government Chairman has invited me to commission a project,” he said.
Governor Wike gave the committee three weeks to submit its report and charged them to make sure the LG Chairmen sit up and account for funds of their Councils, saying they should check which Local Government Councils collected loans when they are not backed to do so without authorisation.
The governor said;
“People must sit up and account for funds of the Local Government Councils. Ask for bank statements, ask for money from Joint Account, ask for the salaries and allowances. If they spent any funds the day I visited, they should state it. We cannot continue the way we are going. At the end of every month, they come JAC meeting. We must know how the funds are spent. Also, check which Local Government Councils collected loans when they are not backed to do so without authorisation. The committee has three weeks to submit its report. The State Government counts on the integrity of members of the committee to deliver on the assignment.”