Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State has been tasked with making public all local government financial statements since February 2021.
Nurudeen Kofoworola Babaji, the Minority Leader of the Osun State House of Assembly, made this call in a signed statement made available to DAILY POST in Osogbo.
He explained that the demand is there because it is critical to know how much each council has spent on personnel costs and how much money remains in their respective accounts.
Additionally, the minority leader urged the federal government to exert pressure on the state government to stop milking funds from local governments, claiming that Governor Oyetola’s actions paralysed the closest government to the people by seizing sole control of their accounts.
As he put it, “The people of Osun State are well aware that the state’s 30 local government councils and Area Office have been operating without a recognised head since February 6, 2021, when the tenure of elected local government representatives expired.
“As a result, governance at this level has been impacted, as’strangers’ now lead the councils, effectively putting an end to governance in the third tier of government.
“The people of the state are perplexed as to why the current state government led by Gboyega Oyetola is taking an eternity to form a Caretaker Committee or, more appropriately, to organise council polls, as witnessed recently in neighbouring Oyo State.”
The DAILY POST reported on February 5, 2021, that the Osun State Governor had frozen all the Councils’ accounts via a memo.