Aiyedatiwa Didn’t Freeze Local Government Accounts, Rumored Suspension Of Governor’s Chief Of Protocol Untrue – ODSG

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Reports that the Acting Governor of Ondo State, Honourable Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa has put a freeze on local government accounts in the state is false and misleading.

Bamidele Ademola-Olateju, Ondo State Commissioner for Information and Orientation in a statement on Sunday said at no time has the Acting Governor or any functionary of the state put a freeze on local government accounts or order any closure.

“This information is fake and baseless. We ask that the good people of Ondo State, particularly officials of local governments to disregard the rumour.

“Necessary complimentary personnel/civil servants have been deployed to the LCDA(s) and they have been advised to exercise due diligence and processes in their operations by the Government. The State Government is committed to proper functioning of the new thirty-three LCDA(s) and the existing 18 Local Government Area in the state as a way of enhancing development at the grassroot,” she said.

According to the Commissioner, the Government is aware of a suit filed by the opposition party – the PDP before the State High Court in respect to the caretaker committee that was inaugurated.

“We are hopeful that contending issues before the Court will be decided shortly. While a date has been fixed for the conduct of Local Government election in the State, the Ondo State Independent Electoral Commission (ODIEC) has started working on delineation of a minimum of 5 Councillorship Electoral Wards in each of the LCDA(s).

“Delineation of these electoral Wards by ODIEC is part of the transition guidelines provided for in the Government White Paper for transiting from 18 LGA(s) to 51 LGA(s)/LCDA(s) in the state. Government is committed to a smooth transition that will usher a democratic Elected Local Government Area in Ondo State,” she said.

Ademola-Olateju also clarified the social media misrepresentation of a Circular Letter No. FAD/DG.156/98 of 14th December 2023 in respect of the Preparation of the Acting Governor’s Engagement, which she said has been mischievously reported to the effect that the Chief of Protocol (CoP) to the Governor, Mr. Bola Alabi, has been placed on suspension.

“Nothing could be further from the truth. The Chief of Protocol to Mr Governor has not been placed on suspension by the Ag. Governor nor by any person.

“It should be noted that the schedule for the preparation of Mr. Governor’s Engagements is less than two percent of the CoP’s responsibilities.

“Usually, suspension from duty would have warranted removal of salary and privileges, which does not happen in this case. As we speak, Mr. Bola Alabi is busy with Mr. Governor. Nevertheless, His Excellency, the Ag. Governor, Hon. Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa is prepared, where necessary, to make changes that would guarantee the effective running of the administration.

“Again, the public is implored to always confirm the veracity of every information/news in respect of the Ondo State Government from appropriate quarters before dissemination,” she advised.

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