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 Wike sets up panel to probe LG finances

Wike sets up panel to probe LG finances


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Tuesday, inaugurated a committee to investigate and audit the financial transactions of the 23 local government areas of the state from May 2018 to May 2019.

Wike said the move was not aimed at removing any council chairman or official, but targeted at improving probity and accountability in the 23 local government councils of the state.

The governor said, “We are not trying to remove any local government chairman, but it cannot be business as usual in the 23 local government areas.

“We want to know how the local government councils spent their allocations. I have never interfered in the administration of local government funds. I am not one of those governors that interfere with local government funds.”

Wike expressed regret that despite the monthly allocations to the local government councils, there was no local government area that had executed projects.

“I have found out that there is no local government area where you see a single project. When I was a local government council chairman, we executed projects.

“For me, I invited the state governor at the time, Dr Peter Odili, to inaugurate projects. No local government chairman has invited me to inaugurate a project,” he said.

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