Kwara Govt Denied Claims Over Diversion Of 300m LG Funds
The money was used to augment salaries and other expenses of local governments that were unable to meet the obligations.
Speculation over diversion of N300 million from the state local government funds, the Kwara state government on Friday denied claims.
News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that, the Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development, Aliyu Saifudden, said the money was used to augment salaries and other expenses of local governments that were unable to meet the obligations.
Mr Saifudden said in Ilorin at the 32nd Media Parliament of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kwara Council, that the money accumulated over time from what remained of the monthly LG allocation.
“A lot of things have been said about money being diverted from the local government purse, let me make it clear that no N300 million was stolen from the local government funds.
According to him, “It was a misrepresentation of fact to have alleged that the state government has diverted money. The money they were talking about was reserved, but its custody was the only issue.
“The funds accumulated from allocations to local governments in the state became a problem and it was used to augment salaries in local governments,” the commissioner said.
The Chairman of NUJ in Kwara, Abdullateef Ahmed, said local governments must be allowed to operate independently of the control of state executives.
He said that this was necessary for the councils to perform optimally and meet the expectations of people at the grassroots.