THE committee set up by the Niger House of Assembly to investigate contract financing loans of 25 local government councils has recommended the suspension of of 15 of the Chairmen.
This is to pave way for smooth and unhindered access by the members of the committee to enable them discharge their duties diligently.
Presenting the report during plenary on Wednesday, Chairman of the committee, Abdulmalik Madaki said the affected chairmen were those of Mokwa, Gbako, Suleja, Gurara, Tafa, Paikoro, Bosso, Agwara, Borgu, Kontagora, Wushishi, Magama, Mashegu, Mariga and Rijau.
This, he said, was in line with the provision of sections 128 and 129 of the constitution of Nigeria 1999 as amended.
The action, Madaki added, was also in line with the provision of section 90 sub section one a b and c of local governments 2001 as amended.
He alleged that most of the suspended local government councils chairmen had collected the loan without following due process, which he said was unacceptable.
Mdaki said, ”the problem had added extra burden for the smooth running of local governments in the state.”
Madaki added that the deduction of N8million from each from local government council for loan repayment be suspended.
This was due to the failure of the ministry for local governments to obtain house resolution as provided in section 97 sub section 1 of local government councils law 2001 as amended. (NAN)