The embattled chairman of Burutu Local Government Area, Hon Ebikeme Clark has revealed why Councillors in the LGA wants his removal from Office.
Clark who highlighted his achievements in last three years as the LGA boss said, the councillors had threatened that if he do not leave part of the last two months allocation for sharing, they will move a motion against me.
The statement as obtained by Asaba metro reads;
The Burutu Local Government Area That I Met On Assumption Of Office – Hon Ebikeme Clark
“Burutu local government is the only local government in Delta state that is not owing worker’s salaries. N50m loan borrowed by previous administrations and shared was paid by me, I met a riverine local government without a boat I bought 3 (for workers, legislative arm and the executive).
The boat given to the legislative arm was hired to an oil company without due process and up till now we don’t know where the boat is. I met a Council without a working vehicle and I bought 6 brand new ones. I gave each of the 20 Councillors a constituency project which I have completely paid for.
Outside full payment of all Burutu local government workers up to date, I have given the Councillors in excess of #100M in the form of claims and other allowances.
The Leader of the legislative arm enjoy a brand new car. I have always asked them to compare themselves to their counterparts in the other local governments in the state.
I just completed the renovation of the council’s secretariat and the legislative chambers with internally generated revenue.
Furniture to replace the last ones bought since 2002 are in production and will be delivered in less than 2 weeks from now. These and many more I can’t remember were done in this harsh economic situation we found ourselves.
I have always pleaded with them that if not for the recession I would have done more. The Councillors are critical of my administrative style.
They believe I should have accumulated salary arrears like other Councils and diverted some of the money for sharing to enable them build their houses and buy cars.
They had threatened that if I do not leave part of the last two months allocation for sharing, they will move a motion against me. These are the sins of Ebikeme Clark.”