I’ve never accused Chime of withholding LG funds


National President of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, Nwabueze Okafor, on Thursday said he never accused the Enugu State Government of tampering with the allocations of the state local governments.
Okafor is also the Chairman of Enugu South Local Government Area in the state.
He said this in Enugu while reacting to a publication that mentioned him as having admitted so on a radio phone-in programme.
The ALGON president equally denied ever saying that the Governor Sullivan Chime-led government usually left the local governments with nothing aside the statutory overhead costs.
He told journalists that the publication was “the height of mischief.”
He said, “What was said in the opinion piece is very far from the truth. I don’t know if the writer really exists. I never, at anytime, said such against the Enugu State Government. Rather, I have always praised the government for the system it has put in place in consistently ensuring the release of council funds to the local governments.”
“This, I have stated on several fora in the past – during interviews and at the ALGON general assembly in 2012 at Nike Lake Hotel, Enugu.”

Source: The Punch – Nigeria’s Most Widely Read Newspaper


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