Allegation contemptible – Adinuba
By O’star Eze
Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has been accused by some high profile Citizens of diverting funds meant for Local Government Administration to private accounts to use at his own discretion.
This reporter gathered from a credible source that the Anambra State Government has devised “an illegal way of siphoning Local Governments’ funds.
“The State Government has provided several bank accounts to the 21 Local Governments where they are forced to transfer all funds coming to the third tier of Government from the Federal Government.”
The written confessional which was made available to this reporter titled “As Obiano Arm Twists Anambra LG System” claimed that “as soon as the Federal Government releases funds into the Local Government Accounts, the top officials of the Local Government, using some templates provided by the Anambra State Government swiftly transfer all funds to designated bank accounts.”
The write up added,”To make matters worse, all Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) windows formerly managed by Local Governments have been hijacked by the State Government.
“The result of this anomaly is that there is no fund left for projects implementation at the local Government level. The Local Governments cannot even pay their official electricity bills.”
The write up claimed that this was the reason the state government had refused to conduct local government elections till date.
“Because the Obiano Administration hijacks Local Government funds, it has refused to conduct LG election. A properly constituted Local Government emanating from an election will not allow the State Government to take its funds.”
Efforts to reach the Anambra State Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy and Community Matters, Mr Greg Obi or the chairman of Joint Account Allocation Committee ( JAAC), Mr Confidence Azodo proved abortive.
However, reacting to the allegations, the Anambra State commissioner for information, CDon Adinuba described the accusation as “baseless and highly contemptible.”
He called on those making the claim to provide evidence of their claims. In his words during a phone interview, Adinuba said, “This allegation is highly contemptible. Those saying this should as well state which of the local governments the funds are being diverted and to which accounts. Where, why and how such is being carried out.”
A Peter Obi apologist (speaking on the basis of anonymity) who was also confronted with how Peter Obi’s administration which preceded the present fared with the local government account stated that each of the 21 local governments got 30 million naira monthly and as well provided with some revenue windows for operation.
He said, “Administration of Mr. Peter Obi, CON, over Thirty Million (N30m) Naira was given to each local government every month for projects. In addition, certain IGR windows were left in the hands of Local Governments. With such funding arrangement, Local Governments could repair roads, culverts, etc. The opposite is the case today. The Local Governments are stripped of all their finances.”