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Benue State Government Criticizes Moro’s Motion to Halt Local Government Funds

Benue State Government Criticizes Moro's Motion to Halt Local Government Funds
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The Benue State government has expressed its disapproval of the motion put forward by Senate minority leader, Senator Abba Moro, which called for the cessation of federal funds to local government councils with undemocratic structures in Benue and other parts of the country.

In a joint press conference held in Makurdi, the Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Dennise Akura, and the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Tersoo Kula, criticized Moro for spreading reckless lies and baseless insinuations regarding the state of local government administration in Benue State.

According to them, Moro manipulated and provided misleading information to the Senate, falsely claiming that elected local government chairmen were unlawfully dissolved, when in fact their removal was due to their involvement in significant fraudulent activities.

They clarified that it was not Governor Alia who dissolved the democratically elected local government leadership in the state, but rather the Benue State House of Assembly, which is constitutionally empowered to legislate over local government affairs.

Kula stated that the appointment of caretaker chairmen to oversee the third tier of government in the state was necessary to prevent a vacuum after the removal of the former council chairmen, as recommended by the Benue State House of Assembly, which had investigated and found them guilty of substantial financial misconduct.

Moro was accused of engaging in duplicitous partisan mischief, as he had previously served as a caretaker chairman and sole administrator of Okpokwu Local Government Council but now deemed caretaker chairmen as an aberration.

The government officials called on Moro to issue an unequivocal apology to the people of the state and the Benue State House of Assembly. They also urged the Senate to exercise proper scrutiny of motion papers to prevent a recurrence of Moro’s misrepresentation and to avoid public ridicule.

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