Wike To LG Chairmen: You Can’t Access Security Votes Without Approval

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Rivers State Governor, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike has warned the newly appointed Caretaker Committee chairmen of  19, out of the 23 local government areas in the state, against accessing their security votes without his approval.

This is as the governor directed the state local government service commission to ensure the payment  of outstanding salaries owed to  local government council workers in the state.

Wike, who spoke yesterday while swearing-in 19 caretaker committee chairmen at the Government House, Port Harcourt, also directed that before the release of imprest and security votes to the council chiefs, salaries must first be paid.

He said, “All salaries  owed local government workers must be settled before any security  votes are released to the caretaker  chairmen.  We must uphold the  welfare of workers at all levels,” he said.

The governor stated that his administration  will  monitor the pattern of expenditure of the local  government areas to ensure that funds are deployed to areas that will promote the interest of the people.

Wike warned heads of personnel management and  treasurers in the local government councils against  conniving with caretaker committee chairmen to negatively manipulate  the  financial process in the councils.

He said, “If any local government head of personnel management or treasurer colludes with a caretaker committee chairman  to release unauthorised funds, such official  will be sanctioned”.

The governor  directed the local government caretaker committees to always remit taxes deducted after the payment  of  salaries.

While congratulating the caretaker chairmen on their respective  appointments,  the governor advised  them to interface  with  security agencies to promote  law and order.

In an interview after the swearing in ceremony,  chairman of Bonny local government area, Mr. Simon Hart said that the local government caretaker chairmen will work  with the  direction of Wike.

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