This plan is spear headed by a Special Adviser Budget, who was announced to have been sacked by Governor Ayade last year allegedly for leaking official information, but still performing his official duties.
Recent deductions from the LGA accounts which have raised a lot of questions include the COVID 19 Support Fund which the House of Assembly approved the deduction of N50million each, from the accounts of the 18 LGAs, amounting to N900million, to support the fight against COVID 19 and the further deduction of N250million each from the capital votes of the 18 LGAs, amounting to N4.5billion for the purchase of equity in CaliAir among others.
Having realized that these huge expenditures weren’t captured in the 1.1trillion 2020 Budget of Olympotic Meristemasis and in the light of the public angst over the deductions, there are now frantic efforts to give them legality through the backdoor and that is after back dating the deductions to avoid a court injunction that barred the government from doing so.
On the prompting of the budget adviser, N1million each, has already been sent to the 18 Heads of Local Government Administration HOLGAs, through the Ministry of Local Government Affairs where Stella Odey is the Commissioner in charge, to facilitate the documentation of information that will lead to framing of new pages to be added to the 2020 budget document. The delivery of N1million to the HOLGAs is not just an allegation, it is true. Call your HOLGA and find out.
This whole information sounds bizarre and out of this world but it is true. Strange things happen a lot now in Cross River. We are in a dispensation of intellect and soul lifting. A time of mega and super things.
It is possible to do these amendments through the House of Assembly as statutorily empowered if the intention is egalitarian but the reason why the government is intending to do this through the back door further validates our position that these withdrawals are corrupt and unlawful. This desperate attempt to cover tracks is already an acceptance of guilt and in due time, these questions will definitely be answered.
Could this be one of the reason among others, why the budget document for the past five years is always never given to anyone? We will find out!
But those who are brewing this, their collaborators in the House of Assembly and in the LGAs should know that Cross Riverians are abreast of all the details and we are keeping them.
Attached are documents showing the schedule of deductions for January, February and April 2020 as well as the various accounts taking delivery of the deductions as directed by the Ministry of Local Governments Affairs.
We will follow our money. We will talk about our money. We will ask questions about our money, until our money works for us all.
Citizen Agba Jalingo.
NOTE: Opinions expressed in this article are strictly attributable to the author, Agba Jalingo and do not represent the opinion of CrossRiverWatch or any other organization the author works for/with.
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