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Minister warns LG chairmen against misrule, funds mismanagement

By Inemesit Akpan-Nsoh, Uyo
08 December 2021   |   2:42 am
Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, George Akume, has warned local council chairmen across the federation against mismanaging council funds.

Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, George Akume, has warned local council chairmen across the federation against mismanaging council funds.

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He gave the warning during a two-day national retreat for the chairmen, held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

Akume noted that the third tier of government was created solely to attend to the development needs of people at rural settlements, stressing that embezzling its funds would deepen poverty.

“The importance of local government as the third tier of government duly recognised by the 1999 constitution (as amended) by the framers of the constitution is deliberately calculated.

“It is intended to give them access to federally collected resources for enhancement of their wellbeing as well as raising their standard of living.

“Therefore, misrule and mismanagement of both human and material resources at this level means sentencing a large number of our people to abject poverty, disease and squalor,” he added.

The minister expressed dissatisfaction with the low level of service delivery by LG chairmen, saying: “Much local government headquarters across the country have long become deserted, with a good number of them overgrown with weed.”

In his goodwill message, the state Governor, Udom Emmanuel, who was represented by Mr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, Secretary to the State Government, commended the minister for choosing the state for the retreat.

Emmanuel said the state was maintaining a good relationship with the local government administration to ensure quality service delivery.

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