The Lagos State House of Assembly has called on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to suspend Habeeb Aileru, the Sole Administrator of Oriade Local Council Development Area (LCDA), over alleged financial misappropriation.
The House frowned at the Sole Administrator’s disobedience to extant financial laws and flagrant disregard of the governor’s directives.
This followed a complaint and motion by the Chairman, House Committee on Public Accounts (Local), Bisi Yusuff, alleging that Aileru had been reckless with the council’s finances.
The motion for suspension was seconded by Richard Kasunmu, the Chairman, House Committee on Youths and Social Development.
Yusuff said that the recklessness was discovered in the state Auditor-General’s report the committee was currently working on.
“This House calls on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to remove Habeeb Aileru, the Sole Administrator of Oriade LCDA with immediate effect.”
Raising the issue in the preceding plenary session on July 4, Yusuff accused Aileru of not following the clear directive when he was sworn-in along with others not to embark on new projects.
He had explained that the directive was to make the take-off of the incoming elected council administration seamless.
Yusuff said that Aileru, who was indicted by the Auditor-General report, went ahead to embark on new projects instead of settling outstanding debt.
The Chairman of the House Committee on Public Accounts alleged that within three months in office, Aileru increased the debt of the LCDA from N285 million to N406 million.
He also alleged that the Sole Administrator had appointed a contractor to collect revenue, ignoring a directive by the governor against such practice, resulting in diversion of council funds.
According to him, his committee is recommending that Aileru be suspended immediately so that he does not incur more debt for the council.
The lawmakers took turns to condemn the attitude of Aileru and called for his immediate suspension.
Adefunmilayo Tejuosho, a member of the Public Account Committee (Local), condemned the height of misappropriation of funds and flagrant disregard of the directives of the state perpetrated by Aileru.
“The money he misappropriated is too much to be overlooked and it is all in Auditor-General’s report,” Tejuosho said.
Also, Tunde Braimoh, the Chairman, House Committee on Information said: “He should be dealt with to erase the notion in some quarters that we are running a `paddy paddy’ government”.
In his submission, the Speaker of the House, Mudashiru Obasa said that such suspension would serve as deterrent to others and put all on their toes.
“I agree with your submissions if we look at the infractions performed by Aileru. Officials around him (Aileru) cannot be exonerated also.
“I adopt your position that Aileru should step aside to ensure discipline,” he said.
The speaker, who conducted a voice vote, endorsed the suspension of Aileru, and directed the Clerk of the House, Azeez Sanni to communicate same to Ambode.