By Festus Ahon

ASABA—SUSPENDED chairman of Uvwie Local Government Area, Delta State, Mr Henry Baro, yesterday, appeared before the state House of Assembly Joint  Committee on Public Accounts and Local Government Affairs to explain how the council was managed under his watch.

Baro, who explained how the council was run between October 27, 2014 when he assumed office to August 3, 2015 before he was suspended by the House of Assembly on  August 4, 2015, said he inherited a revolving loan of N54 million which he serviced for a while before repaying same.

Explaining that he managed the security situation in the council with a retinue of security outfits during which he assisted with the money earmarked for security votes, he told the committee that the council under his watch experienced peace and security.

Baro who was accompanied by some prominent chiefs from the council, disclosed that his administration recovered about N30 million from banks as over charge on the Local Government accounts through the assistance of a consultant they engaged.

On the allegation of over N30 million expended by his office in the month of March, 2015, Baro said it was not possible for his office to spend that amount out of an allocation of N45 million.

Insisting that something must be wrong somewhere, he appealed to the committee to demand for statement of accounts of the council, saying “figure from account statements don’t lie.”

Baro who expressed surprise when confronted with the figures,  said his administration’s desire was to leave Uvwie better developed than he met it.

On the issue of withdrawal of N68 million by one Mr Godwin Agban, he explained that Agban was the cashier of the council and did withdrawals on its behalf to offset some bills of the council including advances which were receipted for.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the Joint Committee, Mr Anthony Elekeokiri representing Ika North East in the House, while announcing the adjournment  of the sitting,  said the committee had decided to invite the acting Chairman, Head of Personnel Management, Treasurer and Cashier of council to appear before it alongside Mr Henry Baro on November 26.

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