Alleged fraud: N300m LG funds intact, says Kwara commissioner

Date: 2020-07-21

Kwara state Special Duties Commissioner Aisha Ahman-Pategi Monday denied accusing the state Ministry of Finance of alleged withdrawal of N300 million local government funds.

This accusation was said to have led to a shouting bout between the Finance Commissioner Mrs. Florence Olasumbo Oyeyemi and Ms Ahman-Pategi, who until recently was the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in the state.

Based on this, state Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq invited the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to probe funds so far received and disbursed to the 16 local government areas of the state between May 2019 till date.

Addressing reporters in Ilorin, the state capital Ms Ahman-Pategi said that I debunk claims about N300 million misappropriations of LGA funds. I never made a pronouncement like that nor did I ask anyone to write or say anything like that on my behalf. These are rumours which were formed by figment of bloggers imagination.

"I urge the general public to disregard the rumours of financial misappropriation of N300 million local government funds. The LGA funds are intact. All write-ups circulating online or in conventional media attributing such claims to me are lies orchestrated by naysayers that I call propagandists. Those peddling the fake stories should desist or be ready to face the full wrath of the law.

"I also want to clear the air on the saga between myself and Mrs. Oyeyemi engaging in fisticuffs. Again, these are frivolous claims by bloggers. It is false and unfounded and need to be disregarded in their entirety. We never exchanged blows.

"We can agree disagree or disagree to agree but anything short of this becomes unhealthy and unwarranted.

"Likewise, my other colleagues; we are a team working towards our mandate. The governor has created an enabling and friendly atmosphere for all the cabinet members to work peacefully and harmoniously. "Governor AbdulRazaq is a God-fearing and financially disciplined person who has zero tolerance for corruption; his focus is to deliver his dividends of democracy to Kwarans and my focus along with my fellow colleagues is to assist him in the actualization of his mission and vision for our dear state.

"There is a time for partisan politics, now is the time for bipartisan politics, a time to come together and join hands as a people irrespective of party, to build a new Kwara for our generations yet unborn."

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