Refund all deductions from LGAs – PDP charges Oshiomhole

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By; RALPH OKHIRIA, Benin.
Governor Adams Oshiomhole has been challenged by the State Chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih to refund all the illegal deductions he made from statutory allocations due the Local Government councils in the state so that they can commence the payments of all arrears of workers’ salaries. This deductions he opined run into tens of billions.
Addressing newsmen in Okada, administrative headquarters of Ovia North East local government area, Chief Orbih said it was untrue for the governor to say his government has not been tampering with one kobo of Local Government funds.
He said: “It is common knowledge that every month, the Governor’s office deducts millions at source from allocations due the local councils, leaving them with just enough to meet the basic needs of their councils. All the deductions can finance the arrears of salaries”.
“If the councils were left to manage their money by themselves, including internally generated revenues which many of the councils have depended on over the years to sustain themselves without the deductions, the problem of paying salaries would not have gone this bad” he claimed.
According to Orbih, the governor should be courageous enough to tell the truth about local government council finances to the Edo public, because allocations due the councils in Edo as published is often different from what they get at the end of the day.
He added, “We can confirm that the reason why he has refused to conduct elections to fill the vacant positions of chairmen and councilors is to enable him squander allocations due the local governments in the name of saving it for them”.

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