Militants tackle Emmanuel over Akwa Ibom LG allocations


 A militant group, under auspices of the Niger Delta Liberation Forces, has given Governor Udom Emmanuel 14-day ultimatum to publish federal allocations to local government areas in Akwa Ibom State.


The agitators threatened to stage mass protests if the governor failed to make public records of all council allocations received from June 2015 till date.


The NDLF had last week accused the Emmanuel administration of stalling development at the grass roots by tampering with council funds.



In another statement by state commander of the NDLF, Victor Eyoh, and four others on Sunday, the group, among others, said, “We are very much aware that during the first five months after the inauguration of the outgoing local government chairmen, all the 31 councils were operating on zero allocations.


“In subsequent months, N6m to N8m per month were disbursed to each LGA for the payment of political office holders, elected councillors and traditional rulers.



“We, therefore, stand by our earlier claims that the state government has been illegally tampering with local government funds, and challenge the government to publish for public scrutiny details of all the monthly receipts of revenue from the federation account from June 2015 in respect of the allocations to the 31 local government areas of the state and records of disbursements of same to the councils.”


Reacting, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Iniobong Ememobong, said, “The publication of allocation to local government areas is done by the Federal Government and is available for all to see.


 

“The local government leadership through ALGON can answer whether the governor has been tampering with their allocation of not.


“However, for your information, the governor isn’t a signatory to any local government council account and therefore cannot tamper with an account he is not a signatory to.


“But it is amazing how a militant group can now claim to be spokespersons for issues that make them sound like some Akwa Ibom opposition chieftains.”

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