Akeredolu freezes 18 LGs accounts in Ondo

Ondo State Governor Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu has frozen accounts of the 18 local government area of the state.

Information from Alagbaka says the government had sent circular to all the 18 council areas.

The local government chairmen would not be able to have access to the accounts of their respective councils again until further notice.

“The government has frozen the councils’ accounts since last week and all the council chairmen are aware already.

“The implication of this is that the chairmen have been rendered powerless financially because they will not be able to take or spend any money from the council’s purse henceforth.”

The chairmen and the counselors of the council areas, who are members of the Peoples Democratic Party, came through an election held in April 2016 during the administration of former governor Olusegun Mimiko.

With the new directive from the government of Akeredolu, it means salaries of the political appointees in the 18 local governments will be stopped forthwith.

Those affected by the new directive include secretaries of the councils, personal assistants, special advisers, chiefs of staff among others.

Report says their names have also been removed from the payment voucher of the state government, infobase can’t authoritatively confirm that, though.

Chairman of the Akure South Local Government and also chairman of the Ondo State chapter of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, Mr Bayo Alarapon, was quoted as saying” We have not really gone into the matter, but we are already into it and whatever we decide later, we will let the world know.”

It’s expected that Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, Ondo State chapter, takes the matter to the court since they came through an election.