By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”GOVERNOR Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State yesterday suspended the chairman of Oredo local government council, Mr. Nosa Ehima, for two months over alleged misappropriation of council funds.
According to the suspension letter addressed to the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr. Zakawanu Garuba, the governor explained that the two months suspension was to enable him set up a panel to look into the activities of his (Ehima) administration as entrenched in the stateâ€™s local government laws.
The governor stated that since assumption of office, the suspended council boss had received about N1.2 billion as allocation from his inception in office but regretted that the money had not been expended judiciously.
The letter also accused the council boss of alleged failure in prompt payment of salaries of workers, despite several approvals from him (Oshiomhole) to spend money from the excess crude oil accounts to pay salaries.
â€œIn the light of this, I am satisfied that Mr. Mike Nosa Ehima has not been discharging his functions as chairman of Oredo local government council under the law in a manner conducive to the welfare of the inhabitants of Oredo local government area as a whole.
â€œPursuant to powers conferred on me by Section 20 of the Local Government Law (2000), I propose to suspend him from office for a period of two months during which I will cause an enquiry to be held on the affairs of his chairmanship.
â€œAt the conclusion of the enquiry, the report shall be duly submitted to Edo State House of Assembly for considerationâ€ the governor stated in the letter.
Attempt made to reach the suspended chairman proved abortive. However the Leader of the legislative arm of the council, Mr Foster Iyangbe, urged the state government to investigate the issues raised thoroughly.
He said â€œwe have earlier reported cases of misappropriation of funds to the EFCC and party leaders and we are still calling for serious investigation because the suspended chairman has brought hunger and sufferings to the people of Oredoâ€.