Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), has raised the alarm over illegal deductions of N119million from the monthly allocation of Local Governments in Ondo State by the 18 council chairmen, alleging connivance with the state Accountant-General, Laolu Akindolire and the State Commissioner for Finance, Wale Akinterinwa.
The Ondo State Chapter of the Union therefore sought the immediate arrest of the state ALGON Chairman and Chairman, Akoko Southwest Local Government, Mr. Oloruntegbe Akinterinwa and Akindolire over illegal deduction of the N119million in the past three months, amounting to N357million.
Speaking with newsmen in Akure, the Ondo State Capital, State President of NULGE, Comrade Bola Taiwo said the Council Chairmen under the umbrella of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) had connived with the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Accountant-General of the federation and their state counterparts to deduct the money for phony Comprehensive Healthcare Centres in all the local government areas.
Comrade Bola said the illegal deductions had further worsened the condition of council workers who had been finding it difficult to receive full monthly salaries.
The NULGE President appealed to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to help recover the three-months illegal deductions and remmit same to the Ondo State Local Governments Accounts, warning that failure to recover the money, the Union would not be able to guarantee industrial harmony between workers and local government chairmen in the state.