Ogun government denies diverting local councils’ allocations
The Ogun State Government has debunked the allegation that it received N63,938,887,374.47 in the last 21 months as federal allocations belonging to local councils without anything to show for it.
Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Afolabi Afuape, discredited the figure during the joint account allocation committee meeting for August 2021 held in his Oke-Mosan Office, Abeokuta.
The commissioner gave the actual figure due to the councils as N63,713,194,358.26, while the additional provision of N9,904,945,970.80 has been released by the state government to argument capital expenditure and effective running of the councils.
According to him, N73,618,140,323.02 had been paid to the 20 local councils as statutory payment within 21 months.
The commissioner explained further that the state government had been augmenting the local councils’ accounts to pay the first line charges, which included primary school teachers’ salaries, local council workers’ salaries and allowances, primary school teachers and local councils’ workers’ pension. He said that the state was not leaving out administrative sundry expenses for chairmen, traditional councils, statutory payment of local council service commission and check-off dues from May–July 2021.
According to him, this month’s statutory allocation received from the Federation Account for August stood at N3,433,170,398.83 while the first line charges deduction had N4, 055,100,639.78, showing a deficit of N621,930,240.90. Afuwape said that the deficit breakdown stood at N626, 218,967.27 while the surplus of allocation received over net salary stood at N4,288,726.32.
Afuape explained further that “while at the end, the allocation distribution to all 20 local councils stood at a gross deficit of N621, 930,240.90, the state government had been augmenting their expenditures and on two occasions, gave the immediate past transition chairmen grants to implement various need-based projects across the 20 local councils, with over 140 projects within their 18 months in office.”
The commissioner noted that the Dapo Abiodun-led administration would be the first in history to implement 236 projects across the political wards of the state by the end of its tenure in office.
He, therefore, warned parties that are disposed to critiquing the present administration to do so with facts and figures to avoid giving wrong signals to the people of the state, adding: “This administration has never been indebted to the council workers since inception and it has promised to turn the fortune of councils around by making them more responsive to the people at the grassroots.”
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