Umahi orders probe of funds approved for construction of Ebonyi bridge

August 4, 2020
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Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has ordered the probe of funds approved for the construction of a bridge in Akaeze area of the state.

Governor Umahi stated this in Akaeze in Ivo local government area of the state while monitoring projects embarked upon by his administration in Ebonyi South Senatorial zone of the state.

Umahi also said he would continue to probe funds coming into the state local government system in order to ensure they were judiciously spent.

He said it remains his responsibility to know what the caretaker committee chairmen in the state were doing with the excess funds in their council areas.

“My mission here was for a bridge that connects Akaeze with Abia State. I was visibly angry there because I visited there at the time. I visited the Esu bridge in Uburu, the one we’ve almost completed and that one is a six-span bridge while this Akaeze bridge is a two-span bridge.

“I directed that the bride should be done within three months but the council chairman did not do it. But I have directed for a probe on the funds that were allocated to it.

“Every month, they show me their allocations and after paying salaries and pensions. They said they want to spend it on the bridge. And of course, if I want to see what you want to do with the fund, I will say go ahead and do it.

“The failure of the local government is my responsibility. So, I have the responsibility to know what they want to do with the excess funds and that’s my involvement in the local government funds. I will continue to do that because I need to know where the money is,” he said.

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