Suspended council chairmen to know fate as KWHA c’ttee submits report


By Mumini AbdulKareem

The Kwara State House of Assembly investigating the accounts of the
suspended Local Government chairmen, yesterday, submitted the report
of its investigation.
The 2018 Audit Reports of the Accounts of the 16 Local Governments and
the State Local Government Service Commission was presented by the
House Leader, Hon Abubakar Olawoyin Mogaji.
Hon AbdulGafar Ayinla Ayilara and Hon AbdulGaniyu Salaudeen, chairmen
of joint House Committees on Local Government and Chieftaincy and
Ethics Privileges and Judiciary handled the investigation.
The committees, last week, concluded its on the spot assessment to the
respective local government councils to verify claims made by the
embattled chairmen about projects executed.
On Tuesday, some of the affected council chairmen were sighted at the
House allegedly in anticipation of the submission of the report on
12 out of the 16 affected council bosses have agreed to discontinue
with the court case instituted to challenge their dismissal in court.
The PDP through its state Chairman, Engr Kola Shittu had told this
medium recently during a telephone chat that the party is monitoring
the situation and would apply its internal mechanism to resolve the
Meanwhile, the Kwara State House of Assembly has urged the state
government to as a matter of urgency set machinery in place for the
implementation of the State Child Rights Law to ensure adequate
protection of Child’s Rights in the state.
This was part of the Resolutions of the House following a Motion on
Notice on  “Need to Implement  the Kwara State Child’s Rights Law”
raised by House Leader and member representing Ilorin Central
Constituency, Hon. Abubakar Olawoyin Mogaji.
The Speaker, Engr. Yakubu Danladi Salihu, while reading the
Resolutions of the House, explained that the need for the state
government to commence its implementation, become expedient, in view
of the urgent need to curb Child abuse and other vices against the
future Leaders of the State.
The Legislature also directed all relevant government agencies to be
alive to their statutory responsibilities of protecting the rights of
the child.
The House, according to the Speaker,, equally directed the state
Ministry of Information and Communication to embark on sensitization
on the provisions of the law,so as not to run foul of it.
Hon. Mogaji, had while raising the Motion, expressed concern that the
exposure of child to various forms of abuse like street hawking, lack
of education, child marriage, rape, discrimination and general lack of
parental care, among others, were causes of juvenile delinquencies,
pointing out that the implementation of the law and the  the Social
Investment Bill when passed by the House,would improve the fortunes of
children in state.
Other members who spoke on the Motion identified, among other things,
poverty, lack of family planning, ignorance of the existing law and
advocated extensive enlightenment on child abuse to curb the trend,
stressing that the existing law was comprehensive in tackling child
abuse and other vices against children in the state.
The lawmakers who spoke on the Motion were members representing
Okuta/Yashikira, Omupo,Oke Ero,Malete/ Ipaiye/Oloru, Share/Oke Ode,Odo
Ogun,Irepodun, Ojomu/Balogun and Isin Constituencies HonHon Mohammed
Salihu Baba,Barr. Abdul Ganiyu Salau,Hons Raphael
Olanrewaju-Adetiba,Abdul Kareem Paku, Rasaq Owolabi, Musa Atoyebi
Yusuf, Felix Awodiji, Saheed Popoola and Olumide Awolola.

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