THE Lagos State House of Assembly has queried the Chairperson of the Ayobo Ipaja Local Council Development Area (LCDA), in the Alimosho LGA, Mrs Bola Shobowale and the Council-Manager, Mrs Ogabi over the abuse of #350million monthly allocation received by the council for over four months.
Information reaching Alimoshotoday states that the House Committee on Public Accounts (Local Govt.) issued the query when the management of Ayobo-Ipaja LCDA appeared for an audit of the accounts of the council at the beginning of this month but without the presence of the council boss.
The council management had, on two occasions, attempted to appear before the House committee chaired by Hon. Sobur Olawale Omititi, but the committee rebuffed their request due to the absence of Shobowale, who was away for medical reasons.
However, the council management eventually met with the committee for an audit but got a query about the abuse of council funds.
Before this time, Omititi had insisted that his committee would only allow management of the council to appear and present its reports only if there was a written note from the ailing chairman that her Vice-Chairman should make presentations in her stead. However because she did not properly hand over when she was going for her surgeries, her Vice-Chairman could not take over.
Nonetheless, the committee sent an invitation to the council management, including the Vice-Chairman, and the Council-Manager, where the issue of the abuse of monthly council allocations of over #350million was raised.
During the audit, it was discovered that although expenditures were made during the time Shobowale was away on medicals (four months), there was no management or executive meeting that authorized such expenditures since there was no proper handover by the council boss. The Council-Manager, Mrs Ogabi, confirmed this to the committee.
Most stakeholders have complained about the breakdown of governance in the council as a result of the absence of Shobowale and a lot of residents who make use of the health centre have complained about the state of the health facility, particularly the power issue.
The breakdown of the health facility angered a lawmaker who was the pioneer Chairman of the council, Bisi Yusuf who came to the council secretariat to publicly protest the misgovernance in the council.
Shokunle Olushola, the House Committee Chairman on Health, also expressed his disappointment at the management of the health facility as a result of the incompetence of the council leadership.