For what it described as misappropriation and gross misconduct, Ondo State House of Assembly has suspended the Chairman of Ifedore Local Government Area, Mr Alex Oladimeji for three months.
This is coming a day after Oladimeji dragged the House of Assembly to court restraining them from suspending him.
However, the House directed that the affairs of the local government should be handed over to the Vice-Chairman.
According to members of the Assembly, this followed a petition received on November 11, 2021 by some members of the legislative arm of the local government council indicting the chairman.
The House subsequently committed the petition to its Ad-hoc Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs to investigate the veracity of the petition and make appropriate recommendations to the House.
Submitting the reports of the committee to the House for consideration, the Deputy Speaker, Samuel Aderoboye, informed that the committee held series of meetings, interfaced with all parties involved and also had an on the spot assessment of issues and concern raised in the petition.
In its recommendations, it was established that the funds released to the chairman/council were not appropriately utilised for the projects as proposed, while some of the projects claimed on paper to have been completed 80 percent were discovered to be at barely 40 percent completion and poorly executed.
That judging from the testimonies of the members of the House of Assembly representing the constituency, it was found that the chairman did all the disbursement of funds and execution of the projects without due process.
It was recommended that the Head Of Local Government Administration of the local government be transferred with immediate effect.
In his ruling, the Speaker of the House, Bamidele Oleyelogun said the suspension which will last for three months, is to give room for further investigation, and is with immediate effect.
Oleyelogun noted that it will serve as deterrent to others who think they can sabotage government’s efforts.