Less than two years in office as local government council bosses in Edo State, the relationship between Governor Adams Oshiomhole and the council chairmen seems to have gone sour as they have vehemently refused to complement the efforts of the state government in the area of infrastructural development to local councils.
Instead of using taxpayers’ money to develop the wards, most of the council chairmen are alleged to be busy buying houses and fleets of expensive cars to the detriment of the people.
Sources close to the seat of power, Government House, Benin City, disclosed that the governor had on several occasions reprimanded some of the council bosses on the need for accountability and transparency in managing the funds of the councils. Consequently, Oshiomhole has beamed his searchlights on the councils and is poised to unseat anyone found wanting.
“Just take a walk round some of the wards in our local government, you will take up arms against these council leaders; you cannot see any project being done by them despite the huge taxes that our people are paying to the council. “They are just there buying houses and expensive cars. I know of one of them who was in a rented apartment of two bedrooms on the outskirt of Benin; today he has acquired more than five mansions at the expense of the poor people of his domain”.
“There is nothing wrong in a man having his own property, but the way this leaders are going about it, it is obvious that they milking the council. We want the Comrade Governor to call them to order,” a resident of one of the councils who did not want his name in print said.
The source urged Oshiomhole to set up a monitoring committee to check the activities of the council chairmen. He said the governor should not hesitate to remove any chairman found guilty of embezzlement.
Source: Daily Independent