Controversy over Ogun Councils’ N9.1bn bail-out fund

Workers of Ogun State’s 20 Local Governments have alleged that the State Government is yet to disburse the N9.1 billion bailout fund to the councils, nine months after they were released by the Presidency.

The State Chairman of the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Ayuba Olatunji, who levelled the allegation at a news conference in Abeokuta, rejected the announced disbursement of the bailout fund to the councils.

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Olatunji also accused the state government of not remitting to the local governments their share of the internally generated revenue released from signage, riders permit tickets for traders and naming of streets since last September.

Meanwhile, chairman of the Ogun State Local Government Service Commission, Rotimi Rahman, has dismissed the allegation by the council’s workers.

Raman speaking to ROCKCITY FM in an interview in Abeokuta, said the State Government disbursed the bail-out fund to the 20 Local Governments immediately it was received last September from the banks through the central bank of Nigeria.

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The Local Government Commission Chairman also explained why the State Government took over the collection of the Internally Generated Revenue for the Local Governments.

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