Kwara suspends LG chairmen for six months

GOVERNOR Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State has suspended the 16 local government council executive and legislative committees in line with the earlier recommendation of the state House of Assembly.

According to a statement signed by the governor on Tuesday, the governor said that; “Pursuant to the resolution of the Kwara State House of Assembly dated this 18th day of June 2019, and Section 29 of the Kwara State Local Government Law Cap. K33, 2006, I, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, the executive governor of Kwara State, hereby suspend the executive and legislative committees of all the Sixteen (16) Local Government Areas in the state for a period of six months or pending the outcome of the investigations into allegations of misappropriation of public funds by the Kwara State House of Assembly, whichever is earlier in time.”

It is recalled that the suspension came hours after the House of Assembly recommended the suspension of the local council executive and legislative committees.

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The House had, in the resolution earlier in the day, urged the governor “to immediately suspend all the 16 Local Government Executive and Legislative Committees in the state pending the outcome of the investigation into the allegations of misappropriation of public funds levelled against them so as not to jeopardise the process of investigation.”

The statement also said that Section 29 of the Kwara State Local Government Law Cap. K33, 2006 empowers the governor to suspend the chief executive of the local council for six months.

It also said that the Constitution empowers the House of Assembly to investigate the local councils for alleged infraction and corruption.

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