Jan. 29 (THEWILL) – The Ogun State Assembly has instructed the Permanent Secretary of the Local Government Services Commission to summon all officials involved in the various financial breach audit reports.
The Assembly made this call through its Public Accounts and Anti-Corruption Committee headed by its Chairman, Hon. Lamidi Museum.
Lamidi had ordered relevant officers to provide clarification on the ledger of audit reports between 2014-2019 on the 20 LGAs before lawmakers.
The Committee also summoned a retired Mrs. FO Odebiyi and a former president of the defunct Sagamu South LCDA, Barr. Hassan Olugbenga will appear for further explanation of the financial breaches committed during his tenure as specified in the audit motions before lawmakers on Thursday, February 3, 2022.
President and Vice President, Akeem Balogun, including other legislators: Abdul Bashir Oladunjoye, Kunle Sobukanla, Bolanle Ajayi, Ganiyu Oyedeji, Amosun Yusuf as well as Adams Olusola respectively, said the committee found the trend of illicit practices perpetrated by some council officials. .
They said the illegal practices were failure to attach supporting documents to payment vouchers and the use of unqualified officials as conduits to siphon off council funds, void payments, incorrect signing of payment vouchers and auto – supplies.
Lawmakers said preventing recurrence was necessary to maintain transparency in the functioning of councils, saying financial breaches should not be overlooked for the improvement of LGAs.
In his remarks, Local Government Auditor General Lamidi Mulero commended lawmakers for ensuring a thorough review of six-year audit reports, saying the exercise was conducted in good faith with transparency and a high standard. of fairness.
Mulero urged the auditees to refrain from such practices as the office under his leadership would step up measures to tackle the mismanagement of government resources.