Benue Assembly recommends the suspension of LG Chairmen
By Bridget Ikyado
The Benue State House of Assembly has on Wednesday recommended the immediate suspension of the 23 Local Government Councils Chairmen in the State for misappropriation of funds.
Speaker, Benue State House of Assembly, Mr. Aondona Dajoh gave this ruling after a consideration of the report of the adhoc Committee set to investigate the income and expenditures report forwarded to it by the Governor.
As contained in a statement by Amb. Akume Raphael, Chief Press Secretary to the Hon Speaker, the Speaker said the suspension has become necessary in order to pave way for smooth and detailed investigation into the income and expenditures of the Council by the House.
The House equally resolved to extend the investigation to cover the whole tenure of the Local Government Councils saying the three months report into the finances of the Councils has revealed serious infringements on the Financial Memorandum of Local Government and other extant laws governing the Management of funds at the third tier of government.
Earlier while presenting the report, Chairman of the adhoc Committee, Mr. Peter Ipusu revealed that his committee discovered huge financial misappropriation by the 23 Local Government Councils in the State and among other things recommended the House to pass a resolution calling on the Governor to suspend all the Councils in order to give way for a detailed investigation into the income and expenditures of the Councils.