The Lagos State house of Assembly said on Saturday it has commenced an audit of
all the 20 Local Government Areas (LGAs) and the 37 Local Council Development
Areas (LCDAs) in the state.
The Chairman, Lagos State house of Assembly, Committee on Public Account (Local),
Mojeed Fatai, said in a statement that the committee would submit its report to the
House after the weeklong exercise.
The lawmaker explained that the exercise was aimed at checking probity and
accountability in the local government administration as provided in 1999
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He said: “The essence of the exercise is to allow the committee to go through the
2019 report of the Auditor General without fear or favor to any local council
indicted by the officials of the Auditor General.
“Also, the committee has the power to summon any person to give evidence at any
place or produce any document or other things in his possession or under his control.
“This is in consonance with the need for effective and best practices in the pursuit of
its statutory objectives as mandated by the committee to carry out this exercise
without bias and with conformity with the standard best practices.”
Fatai noted that letters had been sent to all the 20 LGAs and 37 LCDAs and were
expected to come with copies of the approved budget for Y2017 and Y2020, analysis
of payment made to non-pensionable staff in Y2017-Y2019.
The lawmaker said other relevant documents to be provided were analysis of
recurrent expenditure from June to December 2017- 2020.
According to him, others are the bank statements of accounts as of 31st Dec. 2018
and all outstanding queries in the 2019 statutory report.