…As ALGON Says Kwara Govt Not Deducting LG Funds
The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has advised the PDP gubernatorial candidate in Kwara State, Sen. Simeon Ajibola to stop misrepresenting traditional rulers in the state in a bid for votes.
Reacting to a statement by Ajibola’s media team which claimed traditional rulers in Kwara South have complained about the state of roads in the area, Governor Ahmed described the report as a fabrication as the PDP candidate has shown a tendency to twist people’s words for propaganda.
Governor Ahmed urged the public to treat this latest alleged complaint by the Royal Father’s with serious suspicion as previous statements attributed to the monarchs by the PDP were denied as a fabrication.
He said the road allegedly referred to by Olofa of Offa, Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi Esuwoye II was Ajase Ipo-Erinle Ile Road which the PDP-controlled Federal government has failed to repair in the last six years.
Speaking through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communication, Dr Muyideen Akorede, Governor Ahmed urged the PDP candidate to stop disparaging the Royal Fathers who have applauded the state government’s phased road program even as they have urged Alh. Ahmed to extend the project to other parts of their domains.
Governor Ahmed said the state government’s published road development strategy shows how many roads it intends to construct annually and at what cost.
He added that the Federal Government’s reduction of allocation to the state has seriously hampered planned and ongoing road projects across the state.
” It is on record that the Kwara State Government has prioritised road construction in the last four years, constructing and rehabilitating over 800km of urban and rural roads while other roads like Share-Oke Ode, Anilelerin Offa and so on are ongoing.
“We challenge the PDP candidate to tell us what he has done about major federal roads in Kwara South such as Ajase Ipo-Erinle and Omu-Aran Egbe Road in his 12 years at the Senate. On its part, the Ahmed administration has intervened on several FG government roads such as the on-going Kishi Kaiama Road at the cost of N8b.
In fact, the Federal Ministry of Works was the first Ministry Governor Ahmed visited on assuming office in a bid to get the Federal Government to fix it’s dilapidated roads in the state which were causing the people serious hardship. Four years later, we are still waiting on the Federal Government to repair these roads”.
…Kwara Govt Not Deducting LG Funds-ALGON
The Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Kwara State Chapter has denied rumours of any illegal or non-statutory deductions from the monthly allocations accruing to the 16 Local Governments from the Federation Accounts.
Chairman of the Association, Barr. Abdulateef Amodu-Okandeji told visiting members of the State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Press Week Committee in Ilorin that neither the Kwara State Government nor any other individual collects or extorts any amount of money (individually or collectively) from the 16 local governments in the state.
He explained that members of the Association consider as “incorrect, misleading and most unfortunate the rumour, being fuelled by selfish political groups that the State Government and certain individuals are being paid illegal deductions from the revenue allocations to the local governments in the State.”
Barr. Amodu-Okandeji commended the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Dr. Abdulfatah Ahmed for coming to the rescue of local government councils through monthly augmentation without which the 16 Local Governments would have collapsed. He also pledged the loyalty and support of the Chairmen and the entire people of the Local Governments to the administration of Dr. Ahmed.
Amodu-Okandeji called on President Goodluck Jonathan to release funds in the Excess Crude Oil Accounts to the 774 Local Governments in Nigeria to enable them meet their statutory obligations to the people at the grassroots.