Tension, uncertainty and panic has taken the center stage in Ebonyi State Government House since the receipt of an application for Certified True Copies of the Audited Accounts of all Statutory Allocations to the 13 LGAs of the state and all out goings filed by interested persons under the aegis of G64 Former Coordinators Forum.
The application which was filed through it’s legal representative, Amos Ogbonnaya and Co. and dated January,6 2021 is asking the governor of Ebonyi State,Engr Dave Umahi to release the Audited Accounts of all accruals and expenditure of the 13 local government areas of the state from June 2015 to December 2020.
The group drawing it’s authority from sections 1,2 and 4 of the Freedom of Information Act, 2011, further demands the governor to make available, audited Accounts of the “10% proportion of the monthly state government’s internally generated revenue within the period under review, pursuant to section 162 (7) and (8) of the 1999 Constitution and section 4(1) and (2) of the Allocation of Revenue ( Federation Account,Etc) Act. Laws of the Federation of Nigeria,2004.”
The document which was copied to the Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and other relevant agencies gives the governor two weeks from the date of service of the letter to comply with the demands.
Meanwhile, sources close to Ebonyi State Government House told Onyokomita that all government functionaries related to the management of Local government funds have been mandated to straighten their records and ” fill all gaps”.
The source who does not want his name in print further told our reporter that panic and tension has gripped all concerned including the Commissioner for local government and the Accountant General of the State.
” There is no way they will not panic. Is this how to run a system” the source said.
In a related development, the body has also written to the Chairman of the Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Allocation Commission, RAMFAC, to furnish it with all Statutory Allocations to the 13 local government areas of Ebonyi State from June 2015 to December 2020.
See the full letters as attached.