From Rashidat AbdulRahman, Minna
Niger State House of Assembly has recommended the suspension of 15 local government council chairmen from office to allow it conclude legislative assignment.
The recommendation of suspension came after an interim report of ad-hoc committee investigating contract financing loan of 25 local government areas was presented by Chairman of the committee, AbdulMalik Madaki, representing Bosso Constituency on Wednesday during plenary.
According to the House, the committee explained that the recommendation of suspension was as a result of the interference of the council chairmen, affirming that the recommendation of suspension is in line with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999 as amended), as well as the provision of Section 90 sub-section 1A, B and C of the Local Government Law 2001 as amended.
He stated that the local government chairmen recommended for suspension include Mokwa, Gbako, Suleija, Gurara, Tafa, Paikoro, Bosso, Agwara, Borgu, Kontagora, Wushishi, Magama, Mariga, Mashegu and Rijau.
The committee resolved that the sum of N24 million deducted from each of the contract sum of the 25 local government areas amounting to N600 million be refunded.
In addition, the House also resolved that the N8 million each deducted from local government area for loan repayment is suspended for failure of the ministry to obtain House Resolution as provided in Section 97 sub-section 1 of the Local Government Law, 2001 as amended before the loan was obtained.
The House also explained that the bank failed to provide schedule of loan repayment, as well as the ministry’s refusal to give certified bank statement of account of its inflow from the federal account and its reserve fund account.
It could be recalled that on July 5, 2022, the House considered a motion under matters of public importance calling on the House to set up an ad-hoc committee to investigate the capital project financing loans to the 25 local government areas.