Nasarawa Assembly Probes N390m Given To Ex-LG Chairmen Days Before Exit



The Nasarawa state House of Assembly has set up a six-man ad hoc committee to investigate the alleged release of N30 million to each of the last local government chairmen.

The money, meant for capital projects, was allegedly released two days to the end of their tenure in office.

The house constituted the committee on Tuesday during its proceedings in Lafia.

Mr Godiya Akwashiki (PDP-Nasarawa Eggon West), the Deputy Speaker of the house, directed the committee to do a thorough job on the allegation.

Akwashiki said that the information given by the complainants should be investigated before any further action on the matter.

Mr. Mohammed Udege-Ukpoku (APC-Udege/Loko), Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation who read the letter, said the complainants alleged that the state government released the amount to each of the chairmen for capital projects.

“A concerned group known as Nasarawa Concerned Group, Keffi, has alleged that the state government released N30 million to each of the immediate past local government chairmen.

“The letter was signed by the group Chairman, Mohammed Usman and the group Secretary, David Ose.

“The group said that the money was said to be for capital project and pleaded with this honorable house to verify the information,” Udege-Ukpoku said.

The house unanimously agreed to set up the committee.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that members of the committee were drawn from the House Committees on Public Complaints and Petitions, Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and that of Finance and Appropriation.

They are to submit report on April 4.

NAN also reports that the two-year tenure of the elected local government chairmen and councilors expired on March 24. (NAN)


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