Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, has inaugurated a Performance Audit Committee for Local Government Administration in the State.
The Governor, who inaugurated the Committee at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, said the Committee would evaluate and assess the performance of the Local Government Caretaker Chairmen in the State.
Engr Makinde noted that the Committee was not put in place to witch-hunt Local Government Caretaker Chairmen and their members but to review and appraise their activities, projects and financial situations.
According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa, the Committee was set up to evaluate the performances of the Caretaker Chairmen ahead of the planned Local Government election in the State.
The statement added that the Governor had, earlier, during a meeting with the Chairmen, made it clear that the performances of the Chairmen, as well as the decision of the majority of Party men and women would decide who and who will fly the flags of the Party at the polls.
The Committee, headed by a former Speaker of the State House of Assembly and immediate past Senator representing Oyo Central, Alhaja Monsurat Sunmonu, was given four weeks to carry out the assignment.
The Governor admonished the Committee to make enquiries from the Local Chairman Caretakers and their members about the four cardinal programs of his administration and how they have been able to key into them.
He added that another term of reference for the Committee is the need to investigate the cordiality and openness of the Caretaker Chairmen with their Staff and the people of their Local Government areas where they have been governing.
Engr Makinde expressed his confidence in the membership of the Committee, saying they are people of high calibre and integrity, appealing that they should be objective while discharging the responsibilities given to them without being influenced, adding that they should deliver on the assignment.
Speaking shortly after the inauguration, the Chairperson of the Committee, Senator Sunmonu assured that the Committee will work diligently to do the assignment given to them by the Governor; expressing the readiness of the Committee members to use their experiences and expertise to perform their duties as expected within the given time frame.
The other members of the Committee include: the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Chief Bayo Lawal; Prof. Tal-hatu Kolapo Hamzat, Mr Joseph. O. Olaitan and Mr Aderemi Akintola.