Chairmen of Local Government Councils in Ogun State have been tasked to put in place strategies towards blocking leakage in government revenue channels, and ensure improved income through more feasible financial frameworks, to further deliver good governance to the grassroots.
The Chairman, House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Bolanle Ajayi, gave the advice in Abeokuta, shortly after conducting budget performance appraisal on Ifo, Odeda, Abeokuta South, Ewekoro and Abeokuta North Local Government Councils as presented by their respective Chairmen.
Ajayi in company of Abdul-bashir Oladunjoye, Ganiyu Oyedeji, Adams Isaac and Sikiratu Ajibola, stressed the importance of financial prudence, transparency and accountability in the management of the councils’ funds, adding that it had become necessary for the council helmsman to be creative in generating revenue to government coffers for the implementation and delivery of more capital projects.
Commending Ewekoro Local Government council for its accuracy and efficiency in the presentation of financial reports, the lawmakers advised the Chairmen and Heads of Local Government Administration, to set up taskforce in their respective councils to address filthy environment and waste clearing, especially at slaughter slabs.
The Chairmen condemned the laxity of environmental and veterinary officers, adding that it was high time stringent measures were put in place for the monitoring, control and effective supervision of the slaughter slabs to avoid unhealthy consumption of meats.
In their separate submissions, the Chairmen Ifo, Ewekoro and Abeokuta South Local Government Areas, Kikelomo Delano, Sikiru Adesina and Omolaja Majekodunmi, who presented their councils’ budget assessment reports assured that more efforts would be intensified to boost development in their councils.
Also speaking, the Vice Chairman of Abeokuta North, Ayoola Oluajo and the Head of Local Government Administration in Odeda Local Government, Olufunke Adeniji, representing their chairmen, said the councils are being positioned for better performance.