By Peter Duru
MAKURDI â€” Irked by the alleged misappropriation of the excess crude funds levelled at Ado Local Government Council chairman, Chief James Abo Edeh, in Benue State has debunked the allegation in its entirety.
Edeh stressed that those peddling the allegation in Ado LGAÂ were bent on discrediting his administration despite his strict adherence to the principles of probity, accountability and due process in the administration of the councilâ€™s funds.
He stressed that he would not be deterred in his determination to collaborate with the Governor Gabriel Suswam-led administration to improve the lives of the people of the area through a well articulated programme of action.
The chairman who spoke with newsmen in Makurdi informed that upon assumption of office as council chairman in 2008, some people insisted that the ungodly practice of sharing council funds amongst few individuals should be sustained. But he vehemently turned down the idea which later prompted a campaign of calumny against his administration.
Edeh noted that despite the alleged gang up, he had insisted on the strict application of all council funds to development projects that have direct bearing on the lives of the people and assured even spread of the said projects in the 10 council wards in the area.
According to him, the proceeds of the excess crude funds were applied to meaningful projects spread across Ado LGA contrary to the claim by critics who had embarked on an orchestrated campaign to rubbish the accomplishments of the administration.
He said from the money received from the excess crude funds, his administration had embarked on the construction of the N52 million Igumale-Ulayi-Ijigban road aside the award of 10 projects in the council wards at the cost of N3 million each.
The Chairman who insisted that he had not misappropriated council funds said he had applied proceeds of the excess crude funds to the completion of an ultra modern 11-room office block for the Health and Agric Departments at the council secretariat.
He said: â€œWe have constructed a health clinic at Nwedoga, an ultra modern youth centre and hall at Ulayi and Igumale. We have also built a three-classroom block at Igumale which was adjudged the best by a visiting House of Assembly committee aside the Agila road project to mention a few.â€