The 25 Transition Committee Chairmen of the Delta State Local Government Councils, has today (Thursday, January 16, 2014), described as false, a media report published by Sahara reporters and tagged: “Council Chairmen accuse Uduaghan of treading with SURE-P funds through unknown accounts.”
The Council Chairmen, at a media briefing presided over by Dr. Chris Ekiyor in Asaba, said that Sahara Reporters and other social media (not Blank NEWS Online) were wrong in their reports, adding that their story was the warped imagination of the writer; fictitious, unfounded, unsubstantiated and completely laughable.
The press statement read by Ekiyor, Transition Committee Chairman, Patani Local Government Area averred that the issue arising from the SURE-P implementation in the state stands out as the best in the country through the structured release of the fund by the state Governor towards the kctargeted Human Capital Development.
While explaining that when many Deltans have benefited including the physically- challenged persons, the Council Chairmen expressed shock that the media report in the internet, accusing the Governor of trading with SURE-P funds was a calculated attempt to induce bad blood between the council Chairmen and the Governor.
“We are all happy with the structure of release which ensures accumulation of the monthly SURE-P funds for effective utilization because releasing them piecemeal monthly will not have given us the level of success so far achieved, Council Chairmen therefore not complaining about the mode of release of SURE-P funds”.
They therefore called Sahara Reporters and other media outfits to always verify their reports before embarking on misguided media assault on the integrity of the governor and the Chairmen of the Councils.
On mass deduction from Councils’ allocation, the Chairmen dispelled as untrue that the Governor often times temper with the allocation accruing to the Local Governments, saying that he rather argument the over half a billion naira to enable the councils meet up with the payment of Primary School Teachers’ salaries, adding “to say that the governor does illegal and massive deductions from the councils’ allocation is a cheap and wicked lie”.