Akwa Ibom Assembly Clarifies Suspension Of LG Chairman

Akwa Ibom Assembly Clarifies Suspension Of LG Chairman

BY INIOBONG SUNDAY, UYO

Amid condemnations trailing suspension of the Chairman of Mkpat Enin Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom state, Prince Aneikpon Ekpo, the House of Assembly has cleared the air on the matter.

Speaking in an interview in Uyo, the state capital yesterday, the Chairman of the House of Assembly Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Mark Esset, clarified the House’s position on the matter, explaining that suspended Chairman got the axe following allegations of frauds and financial crimes leveled against him.

According to the lawmaker representing Nsit Atai state constituency, the alleged financial crimes and fraudulent seizure of some the council’s assets, were at variance with the Local Government Administration laws.

He added that the due process were not followed as the councilors, who constitute the Local Government Legislature were not carried along the decisions taken by the Chairman.

“The Assembly did not just wake up and jump into the issues bothering on the Local Government, the Assembly only followed the processes instituted by the Local Government Legislature.

“Our action against Mkpat Enin Chairman was based on recommendations of the councilors; about 12 out of the 15 councilors signed a petition against the Chairman, citing many breaches of the administrative abuse.

“One of the outstanding issues includes, but not limited to the disappearance of the council grader. The whereabouts of the grader remains unknown by the councilors, Director of Works and the Finance and General Purpose Committee (FGPC).

“Issues about the cost for repairs, the company handling the repairs and other surrounding issues remain unknown to other members of the council”, he explained.

Esset, who also frowned at allegations of financial impropriety including extrajudicial spending of funds accruable to the council including the Internally Generated Revenues (IGR), said the Chairman had to be suspended for proper investigation to be carried out before final decision on his case.


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