Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Ipalibo Harry Banigo says the purpose of setting up the Committee to investigate and audit the financial transactions of the 23 Local Government Councils is to reposition our Local Government Areas as the bastion of grassroots development and democratic dividends.
The Deputy Governor stated this when the Committee met recently with Chairmen of the 23 Local Government Councils at the Government House in Port Harcourt.
According to Dr. Banigo “the Local Government is the closest tier of Government to the People. His Excellency wants to be sure that monies that get to the Local Government are used in the overall interest of the people, especially for projects that touched on the lives of the people”
Dr. Banigo who called for maximum cooperation with the committee for optimum result, said the committee would not hesitate to indict any Local Government Council as well as other stakeholders that may fail to give its maximum cooperation, stressed that all necessary documents in their possession required for this exercise must be provided.
She said the committee would not tolerate any attempt to interfere with the smooth running of the business of the committee by any form of inducement whatsoever, stressing that any such attempt shall be vehemently resisted and all such elements would be extracted from the committee immediately.
Responding on behalf of his colleagues, Chairman of the Port Harcourt Local Government Council Victor Ihunwo assured the Deputy Governor that the Chairmen of the 23 Local Government Councils would give their maximum support to ensure that the committee succeeds.
It would be recalled that the State Chief Executive Nyesom Ezenwo Wike inaugurated a Committee to investigate and Audit the Financial Transactions of the 23 Local Government Councils from May 2018 to May 2019 on Tuesday the 28th of May, 2019 with a 3 -week mandate to complete and submit its report.