Coun­cil­lors lock out LG boss over funds

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Vin­cent Egun­yanga, Benin

Coun­cil­lors in Egor LGA of Edo State yesterday locked out their chair­man, Vic­tor Enobakhare, over nondis­clo­sure of ac­tual amount of the bailout fund re­ceived from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

Other rea­sons for the coun­cil­lors’ ac­tion were their de­mand to know what ac­crued to the coun­cil’s cof­fers through In­ter­nally Gen­er­ated Rev­enue and the ac­tual cost of run­ning the lo­cal gov­ern­ment and pay­ment of out­stand­ing salaries.

The coun­cil­lors bar­ri­caded the gate and pre­vented Enobakhare from gain­ing ac­cess into the sec­re­tar­iat.

But the Sec­re­tary to the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Joshua Uwag­boe, said only three coun­cil­lors par­tic­i­pated in the protest.

“About three of them said they had some in­for­ma­tion about the IGR, their salaries and many other is­sues. They said they wanted the chair­man to an­swer them. We be­lieve that stand­ing in front of the gate was not the right thing. They are law­mak­ers, if they want any in­for­ma­tion, the can in­vite the chair­man. I don’t think they in­vited the chair­man and he re­fused to an­swer. I be­lieve they were mis­in­formed. There is peace now in the coun­cil sec­re­tar­iat,” he said.

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