LOGPAN Chairman Debunks Claims by Adedayo Over LG Allocation

...says he did not understand the system
Pastor Benedict Ademoye

Wale Adedayo, the impeached Chairman of Ijebu East Local Government, has found himself at the centre of a controversy surrounding the allocation of funds to local governments in Ogun State. 

However, the State Chairman of the Local Government Pensioners Association of Nigeria,( LOGPAN) Ogun State branch, Pastor Benedict Ademoye,  has come forward to debunk Mr. Adedayo's claims, asserting that Adedayo did not fully understand the intricacies of the local government fund allocation system.

While speaking with newsmen in Abeokuta on Monday, the Chairman said that the Nigerian Constitution mandates a three-tier system of government, consisting of the federal, state, and local governments, with each level responsible for specific financial obligations. 

He added that these responsibilities include settling first-line charges or joint services when funds are received from the federal allocation. 

According to him "First line payments
include staff salaries, wages, pensions, gratuities and so on.

"The constitution of Nigeria, provided for a body called the Joint Local Government Allocation Committee 
(JAAC) which manages the joint local government account. All Local Government chairmen are members. 

"The state NULGE president, NUT representatives, the state chairman of LOGPAN, Representatives of the 
four traditional councils (Egba, Ijebu, Remo, Yewa) among others are members. When funds come to the 
state each month, members meet and allocate funds giving PRIORITY to first line charges.

"First line charges include primary school teachers salaries, salaries of Local Government workers, Pensions 
and Gratuities of retired primary school teachers as well as retired Local Government workers and 5% 
allocation to traditional councils among others. In most cases, funds obtained from Abuja are not normally 
sufficient for the above.

"The state government argument
When this Adedayo’s case happened, the secretary to the state government, Mr. Tokunbo Talabi addressed 
the press. The Chief Economic Adviser to the Governor Mr. Dapo Okubadejo gave a run- down of Local 
Government fund allocation between 2019 to date. 

"That was the correct position and any claim contrary to 
that is FALSE.

Ademoye emphasized that, in most cases, the funds obtained from Abuja are insufficient to cover these essential expenditures, leading to financial challenges within local governments. 

He explained further that the controversy surrounding Mr. Adedayo's suspension is not the first of its kind in Ogun State adding that similar disputes occurred during the past three civilian administrations, all involving elected chairmen from Ijebu East Local Government.

Addressing the current administration led by Prince Dr. Dapo Abiodun, Pastor Ademoye refutes allegations of fund diversion, stating that the governor did not divert local government funds.

 He pointed out that during Mr. Adedayo's tenure as chairman of Ijebu East L.G, salaries, allowances, and pensions were consistently paid to government employees and pensioners and various development projects were commissioned during the celebration of Mr. Adedayo's two years in office.

Pastor Ademoye underscores that the Ministry of Local Government supervises the 20 local governments in Ogun State, and funds are transferred electronically to all stakeholders. 

His words " The state government DO NOT MANAGE OR 
Between 1999 and 2003 when funds were going to the L.G directly, most local governments owed L.G 
workers, primary school teachers and pensioners up to 8 months of salaries and wages. 

"Several workers and 
pensioners died. Workers were forced into pre-mature retirement. Families were disorganized; it was a 
DARK PERIOD indeed. This was the time all stakeholders came together and put in place the current system 
of “JOINT SERVICES”! The other 35 states and the FCT Abuja in the federation adopted the model. 

"Therefore, what is happening currently in Ogun State is happening in all states of the federation. Situation in 
other states are worse than Ogun State.

"The model is 22 years old. There is need for review. This goes beyond Prince (Dr) Dapo Abiodun and Ogun
State. It is a NATIONAL MATTER. Review will involve the 36 state houses of assembly, the national 
assembly, the national economic council and the presidency."

"In view of the foregoing, no informed and knowledgeable person will put the blame on the Governor or the 
government of Ogun State."

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