Local Government Councils in the State have been tasked to put in place strategies towards blocking leakage in government revenue channels and ensure improved income for the councils through more feasible financial frameworks to further deliver good governance to the grassroot people.
The Chairman of the House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Bolanle Ajayi, gave the assertion shortly after conducting budget performance appraisal on Ifo, Odeda, Abeokuta South, Ewekoro and Abeokuta North Local Government Councils as presented by their respective Chairmen at the Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
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 helmsmen 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 report, the lawmakers advised the Chairmen and Heads of Local Government Administration to set up task force in their respective councils to address filthy environment and waste clearing, especially at slaughter slabs, thereby promoting healthy living.
They 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 being processed in the slabs.
In their respective submissions, the Chairman of Ifo, Kikelomo Delano, her Ewekoro counterpart, Sikiru Adesina and that of Abeokuta South, Omolaja Majekodunmi, who presented their councils’ budget assessment reports assured that more efforts would be intesified to further development in their council areas.
Also, the Vice Chairman of Abeokuta North, Ayoola Oluajo and the Head of Local Government Administration in Odeda Local Government, Adeniji Olufunke, while presenting their budget performances on behalf of their chairmen, assuring that the councils were being positioned for better performance.