THE councilors in Imo State have revealed reasons behind suspension of 27 elected local government chairmen by the state’s House of Assembly members.
The deputy chairman, Oru West said that their chairman never involved them or sought their consent in deciding what to do with the funds meant for project as approved by the state government.
In the same vein, leader of the legislative council and his colleagues told National Light reporter in Owerri that the state government released 25million naira for operation zero pot-hole project and another 40million naira for grading of rural roads, but nothing was done to justify the huge sums of money in question.
According to the council legislators in Oru West, they were given only 50,000 naira to go and supervise the works, when they asked question on the use of the huge sums meant for these projects, the chairman told them that the governor issued him with a template on how to use the fund, but never showed them such template.
They wondered how the governor should release project fund to the chairman without informing the councilors that constitute the council. The leader of the Oru West legislative council described the suspension of the chairman as a wellcome development, adding that they were preparing a petition to that effect before the intervention of the state legislative house.
Also in Abor Mbaise Local Government Council, the councilors had earlier accused their chairman of financial recklessness, contending that they had already sent a report to the Imo State House of Assembly committee on local government affairs.
It will be recalled that the state’s House of Assembly last Thursday suspended all the 27 local government area chairmen in the state, directing them to hand over government properties in their possession to their deputies due to what the house described as misappropriation of local government funds.
Meanwhile, the vice chairman, Oru West, Hon. Okoro who was one time Transition Committee Chairman of the area alleged that he was shortchanged after he won All Progressives Congress (APC) chairmanship primary election; he noted that what is happening in the council this time around was an indication that God has a way of punishing the oppressor. He pledged not to disappoint the people of Oru West.