The Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, Ogun State chapter (ALGON) has appealed to the State Governor Prince Dapo Abiodun to, as a matter of urgency remember all the promises he made during a campaign manifesto for local governments to run effectively and efficient without any hindrances.
The association, who alleged the immediate past administration led by Senator Ibikunle Amosun for treating them as mere appendage to the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy affairs said “Since October 2016 till date, the association does not have access to any funds coming from the federal government”
Speaking on behalf of the association at the Nigeria Union of Journalists hall, Abeokuta Ogun State capital, Hon. Semiu Bola Lawal appealed to the State Assembly speaker, Rt. Hon. Kunle Oluomo, to reverse their suspension and reinstate them to conclude their tenure within the next two months.
He maintained that “ALGON will not take any legal action against the decision of the state House of Assembly because of the limited time to the end of their tenure, but will explore dialogue with the Assembly leadership to resolve the crisis.”
Report had it that “Political office holders in all the 20 Local Government (LG) and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDA) in Ogun State were suspended on account of alleged financial impropriety by the 8th Assembly under the leadership of Rt.Hon. Suraj Adekumbi.
He dislosed that “20 LG and 37 LCDA in Ogun State collected a sum of 14million each in seven staggered installment spread over 31 months.”
He added that council Chairmen collected a sum #229,000 each as monthly salary without additional, lawful allowances for this same period as provided for under the law.
The Association who accused the past administration said “All Internally Generated Revenues (IGR) of local government were taken over by ministries and parastals at the behest of the Governor who governed the state with fiat and impunity”
“Local Government administration under the administration of Amosun was in a state of comatose and rendered impotent, no project could be executed, councils could not be efficiently, we kept quiet under this ignoble condition for 31 months out of our 36 months tenure of office, but did not consider any war against the administration of Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Lawal lamented.”
“We appeal to our governor to look into and redress the issues of our welfare and entitlement in the past 33 months by the immediate past administration of Senator Ibikunle Amosun.
“We assure His Excellency, Prince Dapo Abiodun of our unflinching loyalty, cooperation, collaboration and partnership in the issues of development of our dear state.”
He explained that “Members who were bold to point out these anomalies were threatened, harassed, assaulted and in the extreme, impeachment orchestrated, adding that a case in reference is the unlawful removal of the Executive Chairman, Ogun State waterside local government and six”.
They however appealed to the speaker of the State Rt Hon. Kunle Oluomo and members of the 9th legislative session to review and revise her recent time table so as to allow the matters concerning our (ALGON ) suspensions to be look into on time, with a view of our resumption back to office to conclude our tenure.