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Edo councils open to EFCC probe – Oshiomhole

Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, on Monday said he
has welcomed the call by the state chapter of the Peoples
Democratic Party to the Economic Financial Crimes
Commission to conduct a probe on the state local
government account.

The State Chairman of the party, Chief Dan Orbih, had, on
Sunday, in a press briefing, called on the EFCC to
investigate the operation of the LG funds, owing to the non-
payment payment of salaries of the council workers.

Orbih had also challenged the governor to forfeit his security
votes to enable the councils fulfil their financial obligation to
the aggrieved employees.

But the Governor, in a statement by his Special Adviser on
Media and Public Affairs, Prince Kassim Afegbua, urged the
anti-graft agency to begin the probe starting from 1999
when the opposition party controlled the state government.

The governor said while the state under his leadership was
driven by prudence in the management of resources, he was
proud that achievements of his administration in the last six
years “far supersede that of the PDP’s 10 years of
governing the state.

He said, “We are pleased to state without fear or favour that
we welcome the suggestion raised by Dan Orbih inviting the
EFCC to look into the books and accounts of local
government administration in the last six years. But such
investigation should also cover the period between 1999 and
2008; such investigation should also look into the
allocations and expenditures of the local government, their
procurement procedures, who did the procurements, at
what costs and the total accruals into the coffers of local
government accounts across the state, within that period of
1999 to 2008.

“From such investigative effort, the public would be able to
know who siphoned local government funds between the
government of Comrade Oshiomhole and that governed by
the PDP for 10 years. This should be the real challenge in
the light of ongoing effort to sanitise the inherited rotten
system from the PDP.”

The governor said that it would be interesting for Nigerians,
if the PDP could publish all accruals to local governments
between 1999 and 2008, “same way it published,
inaccurately, the figures between 2008 and 2015.”

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