I’ve released all local government money, they have no reason not to perform – Oyebanji

Ekiti State Governor, Biodun Oyebanji on Thursday said his administration has released all monies accruable to the 16 local government councils from the federation account since assuming office about seven months ago.

Governor Oyebanji, who stated this while receiving the Auditor-General for Local Government, Iyadunni Oke, noted that local government administrators no longer have reason not to develop their areas.

He added that his administration had given necessary approval for people-oriented projects expected to be carried out by the local government councils which would also be monitored regularly by a team from his office in order to ensure compliance.

The governor said, “I decided to invite the ALGON chairman here so that he will listen to my own view on this matter, since we came to office and now, we have released all the monies meant for local governments to them and I know that all the local governments have been given approval for one project or the other.

“Just two weeks ago, we set up a monitoring team from my office to go and inspect the status of all these projects. I also hope with respect to both the capital expenditure and the recurrent, the audit department is also doing their job because the local government is so critical to service delivery, they are the nearest to the people.”

Earlier, the State Auditor-General for Local Government, Iyadunni Oke, who thanked Governor Oyebanji for appointing her to that exalted position, promised to carry out the responsibility of that position to bring improvement to the state’s accounts as well as ensure continued commitment of rank and file members of her office.

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