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Bayelsa deputy Governor takes over financial dealings, redeploys Permanent Secretaries

Kakaakinews 06/24/2020

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The Bayelsa State Government has constituted a committee chaired by the Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo to streamline the activities of local government councils as regards their financial dealings.


Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo made this known on Wednesday during an expanded meeting with the 8 Local Government Council Chairmen in Government House Yenagoa.


Also at the meeting were representatives of the state chapters of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), directors of treasury among others.


Senator Ewhrudjakpo expressed displeasure over what he described as, unauthorised fraudulent deductions' from the local government councils' federal allocation by the state Ministry of Local Government. 


To this end, the Deputy Governor said the Governor has approved the immediate redeployment of the Permanent Secretary and the Director of Finance in Ministry of Local Government and directed the affected ministry to henceforth make only statutory deductions from the councils' account.


His words:


"We met with local government chairmen, heads of personnel management, directors of finance, leaders and deputy leaders and councillors of the various local government councils. We identified certain issues that we were not comfortable with.


"There were a lot of unauthorised fraudulent deductions by the Ministry of Local Government from the councils' allocation to the extent that the local government chairmen were not consulted.


"We also established the fact that some councils were seen as big brothers and monies were deducted from them to give to other local governments to pay salaries. But unfortunately, these local governments didn't even get the money. You will agree with me that, no reasonable government will condone such infractions."


Senator Ewhrudjakpo also berated council chairmen over the idea of borrowing funds to pay workers salaries, stressing that the present administration would not condone such a practice as councils would be bogged down by loans and inability to fulfill their statutory obligations, particularly payment of salaries.


The Deputy Governor further admonished the Ministry of Local Government to desist forthwith from the act of negotiating loans on behalf of the councils.


He directed the Auditor General of the local government councils to furnish the state government within one week the actual receipts from the Federation Account to the Joint Account Allocation Committee.


While directing Council Chairmen to make available a report on all their revenue allocations that had accrued to them from the period of March to date, Senator Ewhrudjakpo said the move was to encourage them to earmark 60% of funds after statutory deductions for capital projects and 40% for recurrent expenditures for the overall development of their areas.


The committee has as members, Secretary to the State Government, Rt. Hon. Dr. Konbowei Benson, Chief of Staff, Government House, Chief Benson Agadaga and his deputy, Dr. Peter Akpe, Acting Chairman, Local Government Civil Service Commission, Mr Uroh Kiani and Auditor-General of Local Government Councils, Sir Seiyefa Doumu.

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Top Comments
GUEST_1eKmGgzmQ · 06/25/2020
Mr.Deputy Governor sir, please help the primary school sector by directing the LGAs Chairmen to implement our minimum wage and also pay up our salary arears. please appeal to the state govt to assist. Pls we're expecting to hear and see from you.
JohnDoumoJoshua · 06/25/2020
Please sir asked the local government chairmen to implement promotions since 2013 till date there's no implementation of promotions for the local government staffs and teachers please sir they have promise to implement promotions time with out numbers please sir is time to compel them to implement local government staffs promotions the state civil servant has been enjoying promotions implementation from 2013 till date there's no implementation for the local government staffs and teachers
OrukaliJustice · 06/25/2020
Are there no other people to appoint as the committee instead of these government functionaries? Ona don start abi
+234-0816417**** · 06/24/2020
let government try and work with these chairman to implement the 30,000 naira minimum wage for bayelsa primary school teachers, and also implement their promotions and pay their arrears

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