NGO Decries Continue Retention of TIC Officials in Kwara LG Councils

Hammed Shittu in Ilorin

A non-governmental organisation, Kwara Progressive Development Movement (KPDM), yesterday decried the continued stay in office of the Transition Implementation Committee (TIC) chairmen in the administration of the 16 local government areas of Kwara State.

The group described the TIC contraption as illegal and unconstitutional.

KPDM, therefore, called on President Bola Tinubu to intervene and save the local government areas in the state from destruction.

The group National Coordinator, Alhaji  Mohammed Alhassan, made the submissions in Ilorin while speaking with journalists on the state of local government administration in the state.

Alhassan, who allegedly raised the alarm over alleged financial recklessness on some of the TIC chairmen in the state, said: “Some of them have turned the councils into their ‘personal corporations’ and conduit pipes to perpetrate various forms of fraud in the local government councils.”

The All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart in the state alleged that all entreaties to make the state Governor, AbdulRaman Abdulrazaq, see the illegality in TIC administration were unsuccessful.

He said: “We are making this clarion call on President Tinubu to intervene and prevail on the governor to dissolve the illegally constituted TIC arrangement his administration has put in place for over four years, and to order the Fiscal Mobilisation Commission to stop releasing the monthly statutory allocations to all the 16 local government areas of the state until we have constitutionally and democratically elected council executives in place.

“Also, I want the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to properly investigate all financial transactions of all TIC leaderships since inception with the intention of instilling institutional transparency, financial accountability and strengthening the democratic ethos.

“Also, order the EFCC, to without fear or favour, investigate, prosecute and give maximum consideration in the discharge and treatment of likely complaints and allegations of financial misappropriation from concerned stakeholders against TIC leaderships.”

He, therefore, urged  the governor to tread lightly on the avoidable use of state power to destabilise the peaceful and harmonious socio-economic and politic environment that had previously prevailed in the state.

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