The council bosses are to hand over to civil servants in their councils.
Nov. 6 (PREMIUM TIMES) – The Ondo State House of Assembly has suspended nine out of the 18 chairmen of Local Government Caretaker Committees for their failure to heed the directives of the lawmakers on their council’s administration
The lawmakers, at the plenary session of the House, presided over by the Speaker, Samuel Adesina, unanimously took the decision to ensure ‘probity, accountability and good governance’ at the third tier of government.
The affected councils are Akure North, Ose, Owo, Ifedore, Idanre, Ile-Oluji/Oke-Igbo, Ilaje, Ese-Odo and Akoko North East.
The Chairman of the House Committee on Local Government, Afolabi Akinsiku, said the suspended chairmen, failed to respond to the directive of the Assembly to carry out a staff audit of their personnel.
Mr. Akinsiku added that the Assembly, on January 5, wrote to all the council administrations to carry out staff audit because of the allegation that there were ghost workers on their payroll.
“We also observed that the allegations that their recurrent expenditure could no longer take care of their wage bill. Several reminders were sent to them but they did not respond.
“We actually heard that all of them did the audit but the erring ones refused to submit their reports to us as directed. This was after four reminders were sent to them.
The lawmaker said “section 3 of the Ondo State Local Government Law said we can sanction them to ensure good governance, probity and accountability at the third tier of government.”
The Speaker directed the suspended Chairmen to hand over council administration to the Directors of Local Government Administration (DLG) in their various councils who will in turn hand over to politicians appointed by the Assembly.
The new appointees are Ajayi Ogunsusi for Akure North, Olojualaule Sunday (Ifedore), Akinriumade Benson (Idanre), Ebegbe Matthew (Ose) and Osuporu Oluwasesan Olawale (Owo).
Others are Sikiru Adenolaweye (Akoko North East), Leke Ewarawon (Ilaje), Jaiyeola Omobobuwa (Ese-Odo) and Adegbohungbe A. (Ile-Oluji/Okeigbo Local governments.
The speaker said though there were petitions against some local government chairmen, the suspension of the nine was not based on the petitions but for their failure to comply with the directives of the House.