The Kwara State Government has restated that the administration of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq is transparent and focused on developments that transform lives.
The State, in a statement signed by Special Adviser, Political Communication, Alhaji Bashir Adigun noted that the state was constrained to react to a ‘mischievous’ publication by a national newspaper alleging diversion of allocation to local governments by some states including the state government.
“The said publication is to say the least, sensational, mischievous, unethical and failed the test of balanced reporting.
“The report, broadcast by some radio stations and bloggers in the state, made a weighty allegation of diversion of funds by some state governments in its headline but nowhere in the body of the story is this found,” Adigun said.
The statement recall that such judicial panel of enquiry into similar allegation of diversion of funds was set up last year in which Governor AbdulRazaq was given a clean bill in continued demonstration of the Governor’s commitment to transparency and policy direction on the financial autonomy for the local governments.
“AbdulRazaq is also on record as the first and only state governor who has voluntarily invited and involved NGOs to conduct social audit of his administration.
“It should also be noted that there are no funds to steal at the local governments as their entire statutory allocation and IGR are not enough to pay their salaries 100 percent,” he said.
He said the state government had to loan the local governments N110 million to enable them pay 100 percent salaries for the month of March.
“We urge journalists in the state to be wary of such malicious, sponsored fake news as the doors of the administration remain opened to enquiry by journalists and members of the public. Radio stations in the state are particularly reminded of National Broadcasting Commission regulations against fake news,” the statement stated.