The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has sworn-in Alhaji Imonofi Osumah Inusa as chairman of Etsako West Local Government Area after Yakubu Musa, erstwhile chairman was eliminated over his involvement in a N46 million fraud within the council.
Obaseki, whereas swearing in Alhaji Osumah at Government House, in Benin City, mentioned investigations by a panel constituted by the state authorities revealed that the previous LG boss, Musa, was engaged in fraudulent actions and lacked potential to oversee the employees of the Council.
National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, hails from Etsako West LGA.
Governor Obaseki maintained that his administration has zero-tolerance for corruption and negligence of obligation, noting that regardless of the developmental efforts by the state authorities, the native authorities should carry out their duties earlier than the state will be extremely rated by way of improvement.
“With the permission and authorisation of the Edo State House of Assembly (EDHA), we dropped Yakubu Musa for engaging in corrupt activities. He was dropped based on the investigation conducted following reports and observations at the monthly Joint Account Allocation Committee (JAAC) meetings I preside over.”
Obaseki mentioned by way of the month-to-month JAAC conferences, he found that Musa bloated the council’s wage invoice to the extent that his LGA’s invoice was in extra of that of Oredo Local Government Area, which has the biggest workforce.
He mentioned investigation confirmed that the previous chairman was negligent in his duties and couldn’t account correctly for the council’s funds.
The new chairman, Alhaji Osumah, thanked the governor for the chance to serve and pledged loyalty and dedication to work with the governor in creating the council space.
On September 16, a panel of inquiry was constituted to research the alleged diversion of funds in Etsako West Local Government Council, after the case was found on the JAAC conferences.
The panel was headed by S.E Omorodion with different members together with Mr. B.S. Kadiri. Isaac Sanu, Mr. F. Ediagbonya, everlasting secretary on the Ministry of Local Government and Mr. S.O Obakpolor, who served because the panel secretary.
The panel’s findings revealed that over N46 million was paid to 2 ghost staff by a employees employed by the erstwhile chairman.