4 August 2021
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FORMER governorship aspirant of the People’s Democratic Party in Ogun State, Oladipupo Adebutu and the state government have clashed over the N64 billion monthly allocations of the local government councils in the state.
While Adebutu accused the State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, of diverting the council allocation, the state government insisted that the funds were justly shared among the 20 LGs in the state.
Adebutu claimed the N64bn, which was disbursed by the Federal Government in 21 months of Abiodun-led administration, was allegedly taken over by the state government, while only salaries were paid to the LG councils.
The PDP governorship aspirant on Monday spoke shortly after meeting with LG chairmanship, vice-chairmanship and councillorship candidates of the party in Abeokuta.
He stressed, “According to the Bureau of Statistics, N64bn was disbursed nearly, only for the third tier of government to get salary and we have nothing to show for it.
“All the 20 LG in Ogun State were virtually under lock and key; no project you could see upon that in 21 months. Ogun State has suffered,” he lamented.
But the government in a swift reaction by the state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Afolabi Afuape, described Adebutu’s claim as a figment of his imagination.
He explained that the state had been having Joint Accounts Allocation Committee meetings which remained statutory and required by the law.
Afuape, who claimed the JAAC was never held for six years, noted that it was at the JAAC meeting that local governments’ funds were accessed and shared.
He said, “For us to share any money, we have some amount of money that we call the first line charge, which is the money we use to pay teachers’ salaries, pensions, traditional councils of chiefs, among other expenses, that are very crucial to good governance.
“In fact, Ogun State Government augmented local governments’ funds with N2bn between the months of January and May, 2021 in order for them to meet up financial obligations.
“I don’t know why Hon Ladi Adebutu and PDP will whip up unnecessary sentiments on that. I challenge him and his party – PDP to come on air with me, I am ready with them.