The Chairman of Yaba Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Hon Jide Jimoh, has debunked the allegations circulated by the Lagos State chapter of the Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) that the local council with some others are indebted to the tune of N788.3million.
According to the statement released by the group, the Audit Report reportedly revealed that another set of eight local councils are jointly indebted to the tune of N788.3 million. These councils are: Eti-Osa East LCDA, Lagos Mainland LG, Somolu LG, Ikoyi-Obalende LCDA, Iru-Victoria Island LCDA, Yaba LCDA, Agbado Oke-odo LCDA and Eti-Osa LG.
In a statement issued by the media aide to the chairman, Mr Debo Omilani said “those circulating the rumour are enemies of the progress made by the local government system in the state.
“The Lagos State chapter of the Socialist Party of Nigeria are the enemy of the giant strides going on in the councils, especially Yaba LCDA under the leadership of Hon. Jide Jimoh. Our record is open for anybody to cross check. We are of the proof that Yaba LCDA is not indebted to any individual or bank.
“Residents are satisfied with the administration that is bringing dividends of democracy to their door steps through a committed and transparent leadership.
“It is on record that this local government was the first to established fire service station in the history of any local government in Nigeria, while also providing N10,000 welfare package for the elderly ones to mention but few.
“We do not owe staff any salary and there is no rancor between the government and the council chapter of the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) due to our collective participation to move to the zenith of greatness
“If people like this or a group called Socialist Party of Nigeria who are the enemy of progress see what is happening they will not try to truncate the success of the government. So, I don’t know where they got their Audit Report from.
“Our financial record is widely open for everyone to check whether this government is indebted or not. Therefore the so called group and their sponsors are the enemy of developments and good governance going on in Yaba LCDA.