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The Kwara State Governor, Abdulraman Abdulrazaq, has debunked claims that N300million allocation for local governments were diverted monthly.

The governor also asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to probe the allegation so as to clear all doubt.

He however declared his decision to hand over any personnel found guity of financial improriety.

Abdulrazaq said in a statement on Tuesday, “For the sake of accountability and transparency, I am officially inviting the EFCC to come and probe the funds so far received as allocations and disbursed to the 16 local government between May 29 and now.

“Our conscience is clear, we have nothing to hide. But for abundance of caution, we will be tasking not just the EFCC but also a panel of inquiry with members drawn from various backgrounds to investigate the LG funds and expose any mismanagement or diversion of funds if found.

“This has become necessary in view of strange claims by some persons that money to the tune of N300m was diverted monthly from LG accounts.

“Similarly, I appeal to the House of Assembly — which comprises the elected representatives of the people with oversight powers — to hold a public hearing on the said matter.

“I have always believed that the local governments should be allowed to manage their own funds with minimal or no supervision by the State as the law may allow.

“Lastly, any official found to have diverted or mismanaged public funds under me would be made to account for same as prescribed under the law.”

Meanwhile, the state Deputy Governor, who also doubles as the Chairman COVID-19 Task Force, Mr Kayode Alabi, who tested for virus has came out negative, even as officials were directed to proceed on self isolation.

The move came after the Chief of Staff, Aminu Logun died as a result of complications from Coronavirus.

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