Abakaliki - The legislative council of Onicha Local Government Area in Ebonyi on Monday suspended the use of the N98 million Sure-P intervention fund for the area.
At an emergency sitting, the council said the use of the fund would remain suspended until the chairman explained how he was going to put it to use.
“The proposal by the chairman would have to be outlined and clarified by this legislative house,” the council said.
The decision followed a motion by Ndubuisi Akpa representing Enu-Agu ward and had two-third majority approval when it was put to vote.
The legislative house also passed a resolution that the Sure-P fund must cut across all wards and villages to cushion the effects of oil subsidy removal.
“This Honourable House shall deliberate and give its approval to the merit of the proposal before the fund could be expended.
“The N98 million Sure-P intervention fund in the council’s account should therefore be suspended from being spent until this council lifts the suspension.
“This council will lift the suspension when the council chairman succeeds in convincing us that the fund will be judiciously expended,” it said.
The leader of the council, William Alo, said it had to take the step to avoid misappropriation and ensure transparency.
“Already there is a sinister move by some people to embezzle the fund, hence, we had to call for an emergency sitting to suspend the use of the fund.
“This fund is meant to alleviate the sufferings of our people and improve their wellbeing and this is what we shall use the funds for,” he said.