Councillors accuse council chairman of ‘stealing’ energy generator


Some councillors in Akwa Ibom Pronounce contain accused their council chairman of conniving with folks to “secretly public sale” a energy generator belonging to the local council.

The accusation in opposition to the Chairman of Mkpat Enin Native Government Home, Aniekpon Ekpo, is being investigated by the Akwa Ibom Home of Meeting, per a petition signed by 10 out of the 14 councillors from the notify.

Moreover theft, the councillors accused Mr Ekpo of financial misappropriation and abuse of contrivance of enterprise.

The councillors, in their petition, addressed to the Speaker of the Akwa Ibom Meeting, Aniekan Bassey, demanded the suspension of the chairman from contrivance of enterprise whereas he’s being investigated.

“The Chairman connived secretly to public sale a sound-proof generating keep belonging to the local authorities with none detect or due project,” the councillors talked about within the petition.

“This act can also just furthermore be interpreted to mean stealing the local authorities asset,” they talked about.

The councillors talked about some childhood from the notify stopped a truck from carting the energy generator away.

“The local authorities grader used to be implemented of the secretariat complex to Uyo and per the chairman, it is for repairs. Right here is going to loads of months now, the grader is soundless no longer brought encourage,” they talked about.

Mr Ekpo used to be elected chairman of Mkpat Enin council in December 2020 beneath the Peoples Democratic Event.

Since he modified into chairman, he has no longer accounted for the council’s internally generated income (IGR), the councillors talked about.

“For the file, Mkpat Enin makes an average IGR of N2 million monthly and this has beneath no situations (been) reflected within the local authorities legend,” the councillors talked about, whereas furthermore accusing the chairman of being unable to kind out the insecurity within the local authorities notify.

When PREMIUM TIMES contacted the chairman, he talked about he used to be yet to gather the particulars of the petition.

“I am yet to gather the particulars of the petition, (I) will keep up a correspondence my response afterwards,” he talked about.

Meeting commences investigative listening to

The Akwa Ibom Meeting has commenced an investigative listening to on the petition by the councillors.

Mark Esset, chairman, Home Committee on Native Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, confirmed this in a assertion.

Correct thru the first listening to on October 18, the total councillors who signed the petition, reaffirmed their stand sooner than the committee.

Proceedings were, however, stalled thanks to Mr Ekpo’s claim that he used to be no longer served a copy of the petition.

Mr Ekpo, who used to be later served a copy of the petition, used to be requested by the committee to give a written reply sooner than October 20, whereas the listening to used to be adjourned to October 22.

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