Governor of Kwara state Abdulrazaq Abdulrahman has given the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC the go ahead to investigate the local government accounts of the state.
Governor Abdulrahman who said he had always believed in the full autonomy of the local government system in Nigeria said the anti graft body was free to look into the account books of the sixteen local government areas in the state for the sake of accountability.
It would be recalled that a few months ago, the National Assembly had passed a motion seeking for autonomy to be granted to the774 local governments in Nigeria, so that they can run fully independently.
The Bill as at the time of being deliberated, had not got the nod of state houses of assemblies, who are mostly opposed to the Act.
“For the sake of accountability and transparency, I am officially inviting the EFCC to come and probe the funds so far received as allocations and disbursed to the 16 local government between May 29 and now.
“I have always believed that the local governments should be allowed to manage their own funds with minimal or no supervision by the State as the law may allow.”
Abdulrahman said any official found to have diverted or mismanaged public funds under his administration would be made to account for same as prescribed under the law.