Caretaker management committees for local councils in Kwara State may ememrge today following the suspension of all the elected 16 Local Government Council Executive and Legislative Committees in the state by the governor, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq.
The State House of Assembly had earlier passed a resolution suspending the council management on allegations of mismanagement. The House had, in the resolution urged the governor “to immediately suspend all the 16 Local Government Executive and Legislative Committees in the state pending the outcome of the investigation into the allegations of misappropriation of public funds levelled against them so as not to jeopardise the process of investigation”.
A statement by the governor said, inter alia: “Pursuant to the resolution of the Kwara State House of Assembly dated this 18th day of June, 2019, and Section 29 of the Kwara State Local Government Law Cap. K33, 2006, I, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, the executive governor of Kwara State, hereby suspend the executive and legislative committees of all the Sixteen (16) Local Government Areas in the state for a period of six months or pending the outcome of the investigations into allegations of misappropriation of public funds by the Kwara State House or Assembly, whichever is earlier in time.”
Section 29 of the Kwara State Local Government Law Cap. K33, 2006 empowers the governor to suspend the chief executive of the local council for six months.
The Constitution, on the other hand, empowers the House of Assembly to investigate the local councils for alleged infraction and corruption.