Ogun govt denies spending local govt funds

The Ogun State Government has refused to disburse monthly allocations that belong to the state’s local governments.

Metro Times learnt that, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of diverting cash intended for local governments on several occasions.

But, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Afolabi Afuape, said the Gov Dapo Abiodun government had spent over N2 billion to augment local government allocations in the last six months.

This, he claimed, was in direct opposition to rumors that the State Government was abusing council funding.

Afuape highlighted that the Abiodun government operates an open system, stating it will not hide the truth from Ogun indigenes, during the June 2021 Joint Account Allocation Committee meeting (JAAC) at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, on Wednesday.

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Afuape added that the monthly JAAC meeting usually has in attendance, stakeholders like Local Government Chairmen, representatives of pensioners, NULGE, traditional rulers and the State Government.

This, according to him, will correct the impression that it is the State Government that is spending council’s funds, saying stakeholders will be able to see what comes to each LG and how it was disbursed.

He said, “apart from the augmentation, the State Government had also at two different occasions given grants to the Local Governments to execute people-oriented projects.”

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