Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State claims he has never spent money from the state’s twenty local government councils.
Rather than that, Gov Abiodun reiterated that his administration had been providing funds to assist local governments in meeting their expenses.
Abiodun stated that the clarification was necessary to dispel rumours in some quarters that his administration was tampering with funds allocated by the Federal Government to councils every month.
The Governor made the remarks during a meeting with 20 local government chairmen on Thursday at his Oke-Mosan office in Abeokuta.
According to him, his administration had been compensating councils for shortfalls in federal funding to enable them to pay staff salaries and pensions and carry out developmental projects.
While pledging to keep his promise, the Governor assured that the new council Chairmen would be given carte blanche to run their respective local governments, citing their proximity to the people.
“I will keep my campaign promises and give local governments complete control over their operations. If empowered, they can work in tandem with us because they are closest to the people and can identify their problems and needs,” he explained.
As the tier of government closest to the people, the Governor assured them of his administration’s support in fulfilling constitutional obligations, adding that they would be relied upon to accomplish his objectives.
“You are more than a salary-paying institution; you are a level of government and a collaborator in progress. We will empower you to perform at your best,” the Governor emphasized.
He also charged them to rid their areas of kidnappers, cultists, robbers, and other criminals of ensuring the security of Ogun State.
Meanwhile, Afolabi Afuape, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, appealed to Governor Abiodun to provide grants to the new council Chairmen, noting that the previous caretaker Chairmen completed approximately 146 projects.