By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”GOVERNOR Adams Oshiomohle of Edo State has set up a committee to look into the allegations of misappropriation of funds and inflation of contracts leveled against the chairman of Oredo Local Government Council, Mr Mike Ehima.
It would be recalled that the Governor had last month, suspended the chairman from office, following petitions by the councilors and his alleged failure to pay three months salaries to staff of the council.
Inaugurating the committee at Government House yesterday, Governor Oshiomhole said he derived his powers to set up the commission of enquiry from Sub-section (I), of Section 2 of the Commission of Enquiry Law Cap 41, Laws of the Bendel State of Nigeria, 1976, now applicable in Edo.
The commission is to look at Ehima’s administration from December 2007 to July 28, 2009 and it will find out how much was received by the council from Statutory Allocations including revenue from the excess crude account and the Internally Generated Revenue of the council within the period.
The Commission has Justice Godfrey Edokpayi, a retired judge of the high court in the state, as chairman, Eugene Olotu, retired Auditor General of the state as member and Bosede Momoh, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs as member while Mrs M. E Ohiowele, the Chief Legal Officer in the Ministry of Justice was appointed by the governor to serve as secretary.
Governor Oshiomhole also urged the committee to find out whether due process was followed in the expenditure of the council funds just as he said they should determine whether expenditure in the council during the period was duly appropriated as required by law.
He said the committee should also evaluate the extent the suspended council boss discharged his constitutional responsibilities and also examine the audited accounts of the council within the period.