The frittering of Cross River state local government funds continue even in a more brazen manner, 104 days after the 18 LG Chairmen were sworn in. A couple of them thought they would have access to their allocations and be able to deploy resources to development.
When it was initially difficult after taking office, some of them tried to protest. But they were soon invited to a meeting with the Chief of Staff to governor Ayade and reminded of how they were hand-picked into office. They were cowed.
Aside from the fact that they still don’t have direct access to their monthly allocations as stipulated in the NFIU rules, deductions are still been made from the Joint Accounts Allocation Committe JAAC account, lawlessly by the governor with the active connivance and collaboration of the LG Chairmen.
A letter titled “REMITTANCE OF FUNDS: PROCUREMENT OF VEHICLES FOR CHAIRMEN, VICE CHAIRMEN AND LEADERS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT COUNCILS” signed by Mr. Jacob Adie, a Deputy Director of Accounts JAAC, for the State Commissioner for Local Government Affairs Stella Odey, which has been obtained by CrossRiverWatch, reads in part: “In compliance with the guidelines of the NFIU and approval from His Excellency, the Governor of Cross River state;
“In line with the above therefore, I request the Local Government Councils to remit the sum of N67,777,777.78k (sixty seven million, seven hundred and seventy seven thousand, seven hundred and seventy seven Naira, seventy eight kobo) only, being funds for the procurement of the above vehicles to the account details specified below as soon as Council account is credited.
Account Name: CRS Ministry of Local Government Affairs, Common Services Account.
Bank: First Bank of Nigeria
Account No: 2033935968.
The letter which did not specify the section of the NFIU guidelines it was complying with, was dated September 2, 2020 with reference number: MLGA/S/JAAC/40/Vol. 1/847 and addressed to all 18 LG Chairmen.