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Lagos assembly begins audit of 57 councils

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THE Lagos State House of Assembly has commenced an audit for the 20 local government areas and 37 local council developmen­t areas in the state.

The Chairman, House Committee on Public Account (Local), Mojeed Fatai, who disclosed this in a statement on Saturday, said the committee was expected to submit its report to the House after the sevenday exercise.

Fatai said the exercise was geared towards promoting accountabi­lity in local government administra­tion as provided in the 1999 constituti­on as amended.

He added that letters had been sent to all 20 LGAS and 37 LCDAS which were expected to come with copies of their approved budget for Y2017 and Y2020, analysis of payment made to non-pensionabl­e staff in Y2017-Y2019.

The committee chairman said other relevant documents to be provided were analyses of recurrent expenditur­e from June to December 2017- 2020.

He added that others were the bank statements of accounts as of December 31, 2018, and all outstandin­g queries in the 2019 statutory report.

Fatai also said the chairmen of each local government, vice chairmen, leader of the council, exco members, council managers, council treasurers and head of department­s were expected to participat­e in the exercise.

The News Agency of Nigeria quoted him as saying, “The essence of the exercise is to allow the committee to go through the 2019 report of the Auditor General without fear or favour to any local council indicted by the officials.

“Also, the committee has the power to summon any person to give evidence at any place or produce any document or other things in his possession or under his control. This is in consonance with the need for effective and best practices in the pursuit of its statutory objectives as mandated by the committee to carry out this exercise without bias and with conformity with the standard best practices.”

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