Kwara State House of Assembly has called on the state Governor, Mallam Abdurazaq Abdulrahman to direct the prosecution of the former Chairman, Kwara State Internal Revenue Services, Prof. Muritala Awodun and the 16 suspended Council Chairmen of Local Government Councils in the State for allegded illegal diversion of 10 per cent of the Internally Generated Revenue of their respective Local Government Councils.
The House made the call sequel to the report of the Ad-hoc Committee that investigated a petition “Against the 16 Local Government Councils in Kwara State for Misappropriation, Wastage, Misuse, Embezzlement, Diversion of Statutory Allocation other forms of Revenue and Paralization of Governance at the Councils”.
The Chairman of the Committee, Hon AbdulGafar Ayinla said the Ad-hoc committee observed that the Council Chairmen were culpable of the offences as alleged by the petitioner and that there was the need for further investigation which could be better done by experts in economic crimes.
Reading the Resolutions of the House, the Speaker, Rt Hon Yakubu Danladi Salihu said the legislature also urged Governor AbdulRahman to invite the Economic and Financial Crime Commission to conduct further investigations on Hon. Ayeni Dallas(Ekiti), Engr Lah Abdulmumeen (Ilorin East), Hajia Omodara Romoke Aminat(Ilorin West), and Hon. Muyiwa Oladipo (Irepodun) for diversion of public money for their private use through award of fictitious contracts and embezzlement of the Councils’ funds.
The House also urged the governor to direct the prosecution of the Vice Chairmen and other Executive Council members and Legislative Council members of all the 16 Local Governments for misappropriation of funds of the Councils.
It equally called on Gov. AbdulRazaq
to direct the Local Government Service Commission to take appropriate disciplinary actions on all the Directors of Personnel Management and Treasurers of the 16 Local Governments for dereliction of duty and negligence in the performance of their duties, resulting in huge loss of Councils’ funds.
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