Photo: Gov Uba Sani of Kaduna State.
Kaduna Assembly suspends 3 LG chairmen over alleged financial mismanagement
The Kaduna State House of Assembly on Tuesday suspended three local government chairmen over alleged mismanagement of funds meant for projects in their localities.
The House’s decision followed the submission of a report of an investigation committee on Financial Activities of Five Local Government Chairmen, which was earlier presented to the legislature.
The three local government chairmen suspended are: Mathias Siman of Kaura, Nasara Rabo of Kagarko and Salasi Musa of Chikum.
The three chairmen were suspended for six months, pending further investigation, while their Birnin Gwari and Soba counterparts who were absolved of wrongdoing are to maintain their seats.
They suspended council chairmen were directed to vacate their offices and hand over to their vice chairmen.
They were also ordered not to be seen within the vicinity of the secretariat of their local governments, pending the outcome of further investigation.
The investigation report, which was presented by the chairman of the adhoc committee, Munira Tanimu from Lere East constituency, was unanimously adopted by the House.
She said the affected chairmen did not adhere to due process in the discharge of their official responsibilities, as provided in Section 35 (23) of the Kaduna State Public Procurement Law, 2016.
“Recall that on July 18,2023, the House resolved and mandated the ad-hoc committee on investigation to as a matter of urgency investigate the financial activities of five local governments.
”This is as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“The committee thoroughly investigated the financial activities, including the capital and recurrent expenditures of the five local governments, namely, Chikun, Kaura, Kagarko, Soba and Birnin Gwari before writing its report,” she said.
Also speaking on the report, the Speaker of the Assembly called on all political office holders to desist from embezzling public funds.
He added that whoever was found wanting would be punished according to the law and without sentiment.