Stop Fighting Council Chairmen, Amosun Warns Councillors

Stop Fighting Council Chairmen, Amosun Warns Councillors

Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun has urged councillors in the state to stop hindering the executive arm of their councils from functioning properly.

Stop Fighting Council Chairmen, Amosun Warns Councillors

The governor also said the Ogun State House of Assembly could not query him on his executive functions.

Amosun, who spoke against the backdrop of wranglings between some local government chairmen and councillors in the state, warned them not to be high-handed in their relationship with the executive in the running of government affairs at the grassroots.

The governor gave the warning in Abeokuta, Ogun State  on Friday  at a workshop organised by the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs to educate the councillors on bye laws and administration of the local government system.

Amosun, who cautioned the  lawmakers not to infringe on the constitution  as it relates to their functions,  added  they  lacked the powers to challenge the  chairmen, who are the executives of the council.

Rather, he said as elected  officials, the councillors could only ensure utmost implementation of their councils’ budgets and warned them against the abuse of such a privilege.

Amosun said, “So, I want you to challenge within your power not outside your power.

“It is not within your power to now say you are querying your chairman, how? It is not. It is just like one commissioner now says he wants to query me, to do what?”

“You can’t allocate money. It is the responsibility of the local government chairman and not yours  to say where you want to go and do this. Of course, you can influence certain things but it is their responsibility: it is just like I am the executive, the House of Assembly cannot tell me this is what I should do.”

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