The chairman of Okitipupa Local Government Area, Omoba Abayomi Adesanya, has commissioned the four tyres he bought for a refurbished vehicle belonging to Okitipupa Local Government.
The pictures came live on his Facebook page with the explanation that the vehicle, a Hummer bus, has been abandoned for 7 years. So it’s a great feat that the bus was refurbished under his leadership, especially with brand new tyres.
Although he has taken the post down, but not before he came under heavy criticism for what many considered as a show of shame, questioning how buying brand new tyres translates to an act of leadership.
At a time when the Federal Government is set to separate LGs from States in the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC), Nigerians are concerned that LG Chairpersons cannot be trusted with the huge sums that will remitted into LGs accounts.
Before now, LGs’ share of FAAC use to pass through the states. And in most cases, the states do withhold the fund, and disbursement, if there will be any at all, happens at the discretion of the Governors.
There have been clamour to separate the funds accordingly so that the three tiers of government can operate independently, as enshrined in the constitution. It is also believed that the coveted grassroots development lies on the ability of LGs to function as a tier of the government, by breaking free from the shackles of intimidating governors.
The only argument was that LG chairpersons need to be watched closely, otherwise, there will be little or nothing to show for the allocations they receive from FAAC.
The leadership newspaper has a week ago, reported that Abayomi Adesanya made appointment of 15 aides for the office of Okitipupa Local Government Chairman. A decision that was also criticized.