Governor Godwin Obaseki addressing a gathering in Abuja on July 19, 2019.
Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki on Thursday instructed the State Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs to begin prosecution of council chairmen who had been relieved of their places of work over corruption allegations.
The governor mentioned this on the swearing-in of a brand new chairman for Esan West Local Government Area (LGA), Mrs. Ruth Osahon, at Government House in Benin City.
He warned that his administration wouldn’t flip a blind eye to deprave practices on the native council degree.
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“We have seen a trend where a few local council chairmen have not lived up to expectations. As a government that is people-focused and have made a promise to the people, we will not be afraid to make the right decisions where necessary,” Obaseki warned.
The governor urged the brand new chairman of Esan West LGA to cooperate with related authorities as they perform an investigation into the information of the earlier chairman of the council, Patrick Aguinede, who was sacked over corruption allegations.
He added that it’s disheartening that the council with a lot financial exercise was amongst councils owing backlog of employees’ salaries.
“Esan West LGA should be able to pay its workforce as it hosts a state university, which attracts a lot of business activity. There is no justification for why Esan West local council should not be able to collect enough revenue to pay salaries and pensions and carry out other activities as a council,” Obaseki added.