Nasarawa lawmakers probe alleged release of N390m to ex-Council chairmen

Nasarawa Assembly Complex
Nasarawa Assembly Complex

By Mohammed Yangida, Lafia.

Nasarawa state House of Assembly has  constituted a seven-man ad-hoc committee to investigate the alleged released of thirty million three hundred and ninety million Naira to local government Chairmen two days to the expiration of their tenure.

The House constituted the ad-hoc committee o Wednesday during its plenary sitting presided over by the Deputy Speaker Godiya Akwashiki at the assembly complex in Lafia.

Presenting a letter of complaint to the house of assembly written by the Nasarawa Concern group Keffi, Chairman house committee on Finance Muhammad Odege said the group alleged that the state government released the sum of thirty million naira to each chairman of local government of the state two days to the expiration of their tenure in office.

The letter was signed by the group chairman Muhammad Usman and its secretary David Osen.

The group appealed to the assembly to investigate the matter and also ensure that the former chairmen do not misappropriate the money within their last two days in the office.

In his ruling on the matter, the Deputy Speaker Godiya Akwashiki who quoted section 14 and sub section 1 in the constitution that give the house power to investigate such matters said the committee would investigate the concern group first before moving to action.

“ If truly that the money was given to local government areas the former chairmen have no right to tamper with the money”. 

Among the members of the committee are the chairman committee on local government and chieftaincy affairs, chairman committee on finance, chairman committee on public complaint and petition among others. 

The committee has one week to summit its report as the house adjourned it sitting to next week Monday. 

 

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