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N300m LG funds intact, says Kwara commissioner

By Adekunle Jimoh, Ilorin

Kwara state Particular Duties Commissioner Aisha Ahman-Pategi Monday denied accusing the state Ministry of Finance of alleged withdrawal of N300 million native authorities funds.

This accusation was mentioned to have led to a shouting bout between the Finance Commissioner Mrs. Florence Olasumbo Oyeyemi and Ms Ahman-Pategi, who till just lately was the Commissioner for Native Authorities and Chieftaincy Affairs within the state.

Primarily based on this, state Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq invited the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) to probe funds up to now acquired and disbursed to the 16 native authorities areas of the state between Might 2019 until date.

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Addressing reporters in Ilorin, the state capital Ms Ahman-Pategi mentioned that “I debunk claims about N300 million misappropriations of LGA funds. I by no means made a pronouncement like that nor did I ask anybody to write down or say something like that on my behalf. These are rumours which
had been fashioned by figment of bloggers’ creativeness.

“I urge most people to ignore the rumours of economic misappropriation of N300 million native authorities funds. The LGA funds are intact. All write-ups circulating on-line or in typical media attributing such claims to me are lies orchestrated by naysayers that
I name propagandists. These peddling the pretend tales ought to desist or be able to face the total wrath of the regulation.

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“I additionally need to clear the air on the saga between myself and Mrs. Oyeyemi partaking in fisticuffs. Once more, these are frivolous claims by bloggers. It’s false and unfounded and should be disregarded of their entirety. We by no means exchanged blows.

“We will agree disagree or disagree to agree however something wanting this turns into unhealthy and unwarranted.

“Likewise, my different colleagues; we’re a workforce working in the direction of our mandate. The governor has created an enabling and pleasant environment for all the cupboard members to work peacefully and harmoniously.

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“Governor AbdulRazaq is a God-fearing and financially disciplined one who has zero tolerance for corruption; his focus is to ship his dividends of democracy to Kwarans and my focus together with my fellow colleagues is to help him within the actualization of his mission
and imaginative and prescient for our pricey state.

“There’s a time for partisan politics, now’s the time for bipartisan politics, a time to return collectively and be a part of arms as a folks no matter get together, to construct a brand new Kwara for our generations but unborn.”

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