Following the term of reference given to the 4-Man audit committee in a report titled “Lagos Assembly Begins audit of Y2017 Local Governments Projects “ some of the local government Chairmen allegedly started lobby some of the public Account committee for soft landing according to our sources.
Kosofe Post earlier findings revealed that some of the local government, Local Council Development Area; Chairmen spent public funds on non existing policies, programmes and projects among others.
No verification of projects, pictorial evidence, work orders, contravention of direct labour were among their infractions.
In some cases some local authority’s helmsman squander public funds without the tender board, following the laid down procedure or the approval of the legislative Arms. the capital projects were not done in accordance to the capital budget of the year amongst others.
Some of the council managers, Council treasurer, Council engineer, budget officer, Auditor General of the Local Government and Councilors are like pencil or rubber stamp in the hand of the Executive Chairmen, who sees public funds as an inheritance bequeathed to them by their forefathers.
A source among the Councilors earlier this year confided in our correspondence that they are suffering in the hand of the Chairmen but their “Councilors” commitment and loyalty to the party gave a chairman room to go scot-free unchallenged.
The supposed professional council Manager rather than guiding the executive some help them to forge documents to cover up their tracks to evade EFCC eagle eyes.
One could not real differentiate who is more better between a civil servant and politician. Though some of the CM, senior staffs are politicians in additional to their career. thus, makes it so easy to aide and albeit the degree of abuse of office, infraction and corruption at the local Government’s and the glaring underdevelopment.
A source among the civil servants contacted disclosed that the oath of secrecy and security of their job prevented them from telling the public how Council treasury are been looted with impunity.
Added that contrary to the notion that they are partake in the financial sleeze said the council chairmen are the sole beneficiaries acquiring mansions, exotic cars for family friends, donating public funds on frivolous activities.
Also, Local Council executive members who are at the mercy of the council Chairmen are reportedly to be ” Yes man” if they do anything otherwise they may be denied spoiled of office.
In Kosofe and across the State Kosofe Post reliably gathered that some of the Council Chairmen has been running on a bended knees following the announcement of the committee lobbying the committee members for soft landing.
“We welcome the state Assembly audit. Some these chairmen never sees as partner in progress, when we call them to order or advice they ignore us. When we persisted they report us to party leaders for been hindrance to their programmes and blackmail us. Thus, the outcome of the committee will Vindicate the Councilors,” A councilor who pleaded not to be mentioned said.
Several attempts to reach a member of the committee, representing Kosofe Constituency 1, Hon. Sanni Ganiu Okanlawon, over the development failed as he did not respond to calls and text messages sent to his mobile phone.