Chairman, House Committee on Local Government Matters and ENSIEC, Enugu State House of Assembly, Hon. Iloabuchi Aniagu has said that his committee would, in their oversight function, tackle the decay and corruption prevalent in 17 local government council areas of the state.
Aniagu, who disclosed this yesterday at the official inauguration of the House Committee, said they had an onerous task of delving into the problems that beset the councils, that some of them cannot pay their staff and carry out meaningful development projects.
“We have a lot of work to do to tackle the decay and corruption going on in the local governments.
“We have a lot of caliber of men in the committee cable of ensuring that things are done,” Aniagu says.
Due to the perceived rot in the local governments, Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State recently inaugurated an 11-man audit committee headed by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Edward Ubosi, to look into the problems prevalent in the council areas.
Terms of reference of the committee, among other things, was to ascertain the staff strength of the councils, number of pensioners, number of teachers in schools, etc.
In a similar development, while inaugurating the House Committee on works, lands, housing and urban development headed by Hon. Ude-Okoye, Awgu North Constituency, speaker of the House, Hon. Edward Ubosi charged them to look into contracts awarded by the administration with a view to ascertaining contractors that did shoddy jobs so that the public will know them and “they will not do any other contract for the state.”
Hon. Ubosi also charged the committee to look into the land deals acquisition to know who acquired whatever land and how they were acquired.
He further mandated them to look into housing problems, especially as it concerns some people who paid for allocations but no house was allotted to them.
“We are here for serious business,” Hon. Ubosi said, pointing out that the job of the committee would determine the fate of the government.
Hon. Ude-Okoye assured the speaker that they would carry out their work well.
“I assure you that owing to the caliber of the members of the committee, we shall deliver, we shall not fail you.
“We shall take the job serious; it will determine the fate of this government. If we don’t correct the anomaly, it will affect the manifesto of our party.
“We have come to do a job that will make the House and the state proud. No more will contractors collect money without doing any job.
“If we do the proper oversight, we won’t have collapsing of roads. The issue of double C of O, double revocation of lands will stop,” Ude-Okoye posited.

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