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Federal Allocation: Governor Abiodun accused of withholding local governments’ portion

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Wale Adedayo, the chairman of Ijebu East Local Government Area (LGA) in Ogun State, is accusing Dapo Abiodun, governor of Ogun State, of blocking the state’s local governments from receiving their rightful federal allocation for the past two years.

In a letter addressed to Aremo Olusegun Osoba, a former Governor of the state, Adedayo said, “Since we (Ogun State Local Government Chairmen) got on board in 2021, it has been ZERO Federal Allocation to each local government.”

The contents of this letter obtained by Daily Trust and confirmed by Adedayo stated that the LGA Chairman  urged Osoba to intervene and persuade Abiodun to uphold “the statutory federal allocation to local governments in Ogun State should be allowed to reach each of them as envisaged by the 1999 Constitution.”

Adedayo further alleged that this trend of withholding the local governments’ Federal Allocations began during the administration of former Governor Senator Ibikunle Amosun. He pointed out that this practice was justified under the pretext of aiding financially challenged local governments.

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According to Adedayo’s letter, “Former President Muhammadu Buhari assisted the states and Local Governments with what we call palliatives today. They called it SURE-P. The funds allocated to Ogun State local governments were not disbursed as per records.”

He emphasised that this situation has adverse effects, affecting the ability of local governments to deliver essential services. He highlighted challenges in infrastructure, education, healthcare, and more, which could have been addressed if the allocated funds had been released.