Obaseki Instructs Min. Of Justice To Go After Sacked Council Chairmen
The Executive Governor of Edo State Godwin Obaseki says he has instructed the State Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs to start criminal prosecution against the council chairmen who were sacked over corruption allegations.
Obaseki disclosed this on at the Government House in Benin City during the swearing-in of the new Chairman for Esan West Local Government Area (LGA) Mrs Ruth Osahon.
The governor vowed not to turn a blind eye to corrupt practices at the local council level, adding “We have seen a trend where a few local council chairmen have not lived up to expectations. As a government that is people-focused and have made a promise to the people, we will not be afraid to make the right decisions where necessary.”
Obaseki told Mrs Osahon to co-operate with the relevant authorities as they carry out investigations of the sacked Chairman of the Council, Patrick Aguinede.
The governor expressed disappointment that the council among others was owing backlogs of workers’ salaries despite so much economic activity.
Obaseki charged the new ESAN West Chairman to make sure that all the backlog of salary arrears are cleared within a year, nothing “Esan West LGA should be able to pay its workforce as it hosts a state university, which attracts a lot of business activity. There is no justification for why Esan West local council should not be able to collect enough revenue to pay salaries and pensions and carry out other activities as a council.”
Mrs Osahon expressed appreciation to the governor for the opportunity to serve, assuring that she will live up to the confidence reposed on her.