Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole [picture above] has suspended four Local Government chairmen over delays, or lack of, payment of staff salaries and/or diversion of funds.
This was disclosed in a letter to the Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof Julius Ihonvbere.
According to Mr. Ihonvbere, their suspension, which is for two months, is to pave the way for unhindered investigation into corruption allegations against the chairmen.
The affected four chairmen are Emmanuel Momoh, Etsako Central Local Government Area; Victor Enobakhare, Egor Local Government Area; Osaro Obazee, Oredo Local Government Area and Roland Ibierutomwen, Orhionmwon Local Government Area.
In the statement, the affected four chairmen were accused, amongst other things, of:
• non-payment of staff salaries without satisfactory explanations
• inability to account for Internally Generated Revenue
• diversion of funds
• failure to follow due process in the award of contracts as well as illegal employment of senior officers without going through Local Government Service Commission
According to the statement, that is a violation of laid-down provisions.
The statement said that during the period of suspension, relevant panels would be constituted to investigate the allegations against the affected chairmen.
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