Kwara: Local Govt personnel trained on prudent management of resources

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Alh. Abdulmumini Jawondo

Local Government Administrators in Kwara State have been advised to be meticulous and prudent in the handling of the resources under their care so as to have a corrupt free local government administration in the state.

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sanni Muhammed & Co of the Chartered Accountants and Tax Practitioners, Alhaji Abdulmumini Sanni Mohammed Jawondo gave the advice at a 2 day Conference/training jointly organized by his company and the Kwara state Local Government Commission for local government personnel in the state.

The two-day training which held at the Kwara Staff Development behind Shoprite, off Fate road, Ilorin, focused on “Advanced Public Sector Personnel Control Management, Audit Control Mechanism, Financial Regulation and Corruption Control and Eradication in Local Government”.

Alhaji Jawondo who led the team of resource persons on the occasion said the dividends of democracy would be more enjoyed and appreciated if the fight against corruption is vigorously fought and won at local government level.

He said corruption is a menace in the society which has now become a cancer that must not be allowed to grow further.

Jawondo therefore identified good governance, improvement in societal values system, strong institutional framework, adequate and reseanable reward system, and local government autonomy as major catalysts for solving problem of corruption in the government institution

According to him, following the above identified factors would scale up local government administration in terms of rapid development and sustainable growth at the grassroots.

Mr Jawondo citing Donald Cresey’ s theory of ” The Fraud Triangle” a theory Cresey formulated after interviewing more than 200 people that never thought of involving in corruption but after being overwhelmed with pressure, eventually became morally bankrupt and violated the financial trust.

He said people can be lured into financial misappropriation through pressure, if they have the opportunities which usually occur from a lack of internal controls within an organization while the third leg of the fraud triangle according to him is rationalisation as people usually justify their misdeed, saying that what they deed is rational.

He therefore warned the local government personnel to be prudent and honest in the discharge of their duties so as to record a corrupt free administration that will give meaning to their lives of people they are governing.

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