Lagos Assembly Calls On Ambode To Remove Oriade LCDA Administrator

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday called on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to remove the Sole Administrator of Oriade Local Council Development Authority (LCDA), Hon Habeeb Aileru over alleged misappropriation of council funds.

The House also frowned at the council boss’ disobedience to local council laws and flagrant disregard to the directives of the governor.

This followed a complaint and motion by the Chairman, House Committee on Public Accounts (Local), Hon. Bisi Yusuff about series of financial recklessness of Aileru in the council.

The motion for suspension was seconded by Hon Richard Kasunmu, the Chairman, House Committee on Youths and Social Development.

Yusuff said that the recklessness was discovered in the state Auditor-General report the committee was currently working on.

In his prayer, Yusuff said : “This House called on the Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode to remove Hon Habeeb Aileru, the Sole Administrator of Oriade LCDA with immediate effect.”

Meanwhile, raising the issue in the preceding plenary session on July 4, Yusuff said that the council boss had a clear directive when he was sworn-in along others not to embark on new projects.

According to him, the directive is to make the take-off for the incoming elected council administration seamless.

He said that Aileru, who was indicted by the Auditor-General report, went ahead to embark on new projects instead of settling outstanding debt.

Yusuff said that within three months in office, Habeeb increased the debt of the LCDA from N285 million to N406 million

“Against the directive of the governor that collection of revenue by local council should not be contracted out, Aileru single handedly appointed a contractor to collect revenue for Oriade LCDA.

“This he did without the involvement or knowledge of the management of the council, even when he was cautioned, he said as sole administrator he could do and undo.

“A total of about N17.8 million IGR (Internally Generated Revenue) of the council has been diverted to only where Aileru knows,” Yusuff had said.

According to him, his committee is recommending that Aileru be suspended immediately so that he does not incur more debt for the council.

The lawmakers took turns to condemn the attitude of Aileru and called for his immediate suspension.

Hon.Adefunmilayo Tejuosho, a member of the Public Accounts Committee (Local), had noted that the height of misappropriation of funds and flagrant disregard of the directives of the state perpetrated by Aileru had never been seen in the past.

“The money he misappropriated is too much to be overlooked and it is all in Auditor-General’s report,” Tejuosho had said.

Hon. Tunde Braimoh, the Chairman, House Committee on Information said: “he should be dealt with to erase the notion in some quarters that we are running a paddy-paddy government”.

In his ruling, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa said that such suspension would serve as deterrent to others and put all on their toes.

“I agree with your submissions if we look at the actions performed by Aileru. Officials around him (Aileru) can’t be exonerated also.

“I adopt your position that Hon. Habeeb Aileru should step aside to ensure discipline,” he said.

The Speaker, who conducted a voice vote on the suspension of Aileru, called on the Clerk of the House, Mr Azeez Sanni to communicate same to Governor Ambode.

Meanwhile, a group of youth from the council led by Mr Tajudeen Yusuf had earlier protested to the House, urging the Assembly to expedite actions on the suspension of Aileru over alleged havoc done to the party.

Yusuf said that Aileru had plunged the council into debt and caused division in the All Progressive Congress (APC), stressing that such removal would bring fortune to the party in forthcoming July 22 local government polls.

On 10 July 2017 at 21:45, Tomori Adeleke wrote:

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday called on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to remove the Sole Administrator of Oriade Local Council Development Authority (LCDA), Hon Habeeb Aileru over alleged misappropriation of council funds.

The House also frowned at the council boss’ disobedience to local council laws and flagrant disregard to the directives of the governor.

This followed a complaint and motion by the Chairman, House Committee on Public Accounts (Local), Hon. Bisi Yusuff about series of financial recklessness of Aileru in the council.

The motion for suspension was seconded by Hon Richard Kasunmu, the Chairman, House Committee on Youths and Social Development.

Yusuff said that the recklessness was discovered in the state Auditor-General report the committee was currently working on.

In his prayer, Yusuff said : “This House called on the Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode to remove Hon Habeeb Aileru, the Sole Administrator of Oriade LCDA with immediate effect.”

Meanwhile, raising the issue in the preceding plenary session on July 4, Yusuff said that the council boss had a clear directive when he was sworn-in along others not to embark on new projects.

According to him, the directive is to make the take-off for the incoming elected council administration seamless.

He said that Aileru, who was indicted by the Auditor-General report, went ahead to embark on new projects instead of settling outstanding debt.

Yusuff said that within three months in office, Habeeb increased the debt of the LCDA from N285 million to N406 million

“Against the directive of the governor that collection of revenue by local council should not be contracted out, Aileru single handedly appointed a contractor to collect revenue for Oriade LCDA.

“This he did without the involvement or knowledge of the management of the council, even when he was cautioned, he said as sole administrator he could do and undo.

“A total of about N17.8 million IGR (Internally Generated Revenue) of the council has been diverted to only where Aileru knows,” Yusuff had said.

According to him, his committee is recommending that Aileru be suspended immediately so that he does not incur more debt for the council.

The lawmakers took turns to condemn the attitude of Aileru and called for his immediate suspension.

Hon.Adefunmilayo Tejuosho, a member of the Public Accounts Committee (Local), had noted that the height of misappropriation of funds and flagrant disregard of the directives of the state perpetrated by Aileru had never been seen in the past.

“The money he misappropriated is too much to be overlooked and it is all in Auditor-General’s report,” Tejuosho had said.

Hon. Tunde Braimoh, the Chairman, House Committee on Information said: “he should be dealt with to erase the notion in some quarters that we are running a paddy-paddy government”.

In his ruling, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa said that such suspension would serve as deterrent to others and put all on their toes.

“I agree with your submissions if we look at the actions performed by Aileru. Officials around him (Aileru) can’t be exonerated also.

“I adopt your position that Hon. Habeeb Aileru should step aside to ensure discipline,” he said.

The Speaker, who conducted a voice vote on the suspension of Aileru, called on the Clerk of the House, Mr Azeez Sanni to communicate same to Governor Ambode.

Meanwhile, a group of youth from the council led by Mr Tajudeen Yusuf had earlier protested to the House, urging the Assembly to expedite actions on the suspension of Aileru over alleged havoc done to the party.

Yusuf said that Aileru had plunged the council into debt and caused division in the All Progressive Congress (APC), stressing that such removal would bring fortune to the party in forthcoming July 22 local government polls.

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