Governor Fubara Orders Immediate Audit of 23 Local Government Accounts


Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State has directed an urgent audit of the financial records of the state’s 23 local government councils. The directive came immediately after swearing in the Caretaker Committee Chairmen for the councils in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.

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Governor Fubara emphasized the importance of transparency and accountability, stating that it is crucial for the people of Rivers State to understand how public funds have been managed within the local government system over the past three years.

The governor instructed the Auditor-General to commence the audit without delay and emphasized the need for a comprehensive and thorough review. He mandated that the audit report be submitted within one month to ensure accountability and to provide a clear financial status to the incoming local government officials.

“This auditing process is essential for assessing the financial management practices at the local government level over the past three years. It will also serve as a guide for the incoming leadership. We are committed to ending the era of business as usual,” Governor Fubara affirmed.

In addition to the audit, Governor Fubara urged the newly sworn-in Caretaker Committee Chairmen to prioritize prudent management of resources and effective delivery of public services. He directed them to promptly calculate and settle any outstanding financial obligations, including salaries owed to outgoing chairmen, vice-chairmen, and councillors.

Furthermore, Governor Fubara reassured the public that efforts are underway to expedite the electoral process for local government councils, indicating that the tenure of the caretaker committees would be brief.

“We are focused on ensuring that democratic processes are swiftly restored through local government elections,” Governor Fubara concluded, urging the new leadership to uphold the rule of law and operate in accordance with statutory regulations during their tenure.

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Samson Gbenga Salau [Editorial Board Adviser] Gbenga Samuel Salau is a professional journalist with over 17 years experience in journalism, he is a graduate of Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan. On completion of his youth service, he joined The Guardian as a freelance journalist and was later absorbed as a staff. While in the University, he was a campus journalist reporting for the Independence Hall and Faculty of Arts Press Clubs. As a campus journalist, he won the following awards; Independence Hall Press Best News writer; University of Ibadan Union of Campus Journalists’ Best News Reporter/Writer; First Runner-up, Reuben Abati Award for Investigative Journalism; Association of Faculty of Arts Students’ Press Best Reporter; University of Ibadan Union of Campus Journalists’ Best Political Writer; Winner, Reuben Abati Award for Investigative Journalism, and University of Ibadan Union of Campus Journalists’ Best Interviewer. He served the Association of Communication and Language Arts Students, as the Public Relation Officer, the same year he was appointed the News Editor of the Association of Faculty of Arts Students Press. The following session, he was made the General Editor, and a member of the 13-man University of Ibadan Students’ Union Transition Committee. As a reporter in The Guardian, in 2014, he won the Promasidor Quill Award Best Report on Nutrition and DAME Business Reporting category. In the 2015 edition of the Promasidor Quill Award, he won the best Report on Nutrition and Brand Advocate Categories, while in 2016, he won the NMMA Print Journalist of the Year, first runner-up Golden Pen Reporter of the Year and SERAs CSR Awards. Gbenga Salau loves traveling, reading, and listening to songs with good lyrics no matter the genre.

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