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Lawmakers order suspended LG bosses to refund N3.6b

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Ekiti Assembly

• Fayemi signs eight bills to end fifth assembly
Ekiti State House of Assembly has ordered the 16 suspended council chairmen to refund N3.6 billion to the state’s coffers.

The lawmakers said the order was predicated on the report of a panel, which indicted the chairmen of mismanagement.

Making the declaration at the valedictory session of the fifth assembly yesterday, the lawmakers recommended appropriate sanctions on the council bosses.

The development followed recommendations by the House Committee on Public Accounts in its report presented by Sunday Akinniyi (Ikere Constituency 2) and adopted by the house.

Former speaker, Kola Oluwawole (Moba Constituency 1), pleaded on behalf of the chairmen for leniency. But majority of his colleagues turned down his plea.

However, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members in the house opposed the recommendation for sanction, claiming that the screening was full of irregularities.

They were, however, overruled by the speaker, Mr. Adeniran Alagbada, who said the chairmen went too far in their actions.

Alagbada cited his council, Ise/Orun, where over N300 million was set aside for building of a secretariat, but the contract was not executed.

Meanwhile, Governor Kayode Fayemi has said that his government would continue to demonstrate strong political will in the implementation of existing laws in the state.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) governor spoke in Ado-Ekiti yesterday while signing eight bills into law, marking the end of the legislative duties of the fifth assembly. He is billed to inaugurate the sixth assembly tomorrow.

The bills are: Ekiti State Development and Investment Promotion Agency Law 2019, Ekiti State Administration of Civil Justice Law 2019, College of Agriculture and Technology Reenactment Law 2019, and Ekiti State Logo Reenactment Law 2019.

Others are Ekiti State Local Government Administration Law 2019, Ekiti State Property Protection and Anti-Land Grabbing Law 2019, Ekiti State Security Trust Fund Amendment Law 2019, and Ekiti State Waste Management Authority Repeal Law 2019.

The governor assured that the laws would be implemented for the overall development of the state.

Speaking on his relationship with the lawmakers, who are predominantly PDP members, Fayemi said: “History is made in different forms, but I consider our partnership as historic, not minding that many of you came from the PDP while the executive branch that took over in October 16, 2018 is from the APC.”

“Some believed that the two parties could not have point of engagement, but this is not so. I always talked about belonging to Ekiti and that is what you have done.”


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