CR LG: Councillors Demand Thousands Of Naira To Screen Appointees

As the screening of the recently announced Executive council members for the 17 local government councils in Cross River State begin this week, it has emerged that huge financial sums have been pegged as clearance fees by the respective legislative houses in the LGAs, whose function it is to screen and seal the appointments, can reliably reveal.
In about four LGAs in CR’s Central Senatorial District, those to be screened have been told to pay a non-refundable screening fee of N100, 000 (one hundred thousand naira), in cash, to the Leaders of the respective Legislative houses.

“We seem helpless when you consider that without paying the money, we will not be screened. I have had to go and borrow money to pay as that is the only option available”, one source said. It is a situation that shows clearly the kind of booby traps that line the state’s political landscape.

However, one legislator was quick to say that, “the world over, this type of screening comes with administrative fees; they need to pay to be listed in our agenda for the day, the time we will spend listening to them as well as all the other processes that I can’t list here. Even in Abuja, at the Senate, do you think screening is free, why will it be different here?”, he concluded.

At the party level, insiders in the PDP informed further that, “those legislators cannot work away with all of the money, certain financial obligations within the party will be met, afterall the arrangement is internal and should not be a matter to be drummed”. It is a position that has not gone down well with many political watchers who seem to chorus the opinion that money should be de-emphasised so that people appointed to positions will do their work and bother less about dipping hands in public funds.

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  1. This poverty mentality has taken over in all facets of our public life. Handpicked counselors suddenly have balls? Nope! Their masters are behind this

    1. @ Bob Tee,they may be handpicked just like the appointees but they paid so much to be “Hand Picked” so they have to recover some of their money…the PDP electoral process should be blamed not the councillors

  2. This is a proof that Nigeria will never run out of corruption. how can the Local Government Councillors demand such a huge sum of money just to screen appointees. this is absurd, inconsequential and barbaric. even the National Assembly has never done this, How can an appointee in the Local Level pay such amount of money just to be screened. what baffles me is that, this money here is meant for screening alone. that is to say even after paying the money, and you turn out failing, then you are are the loss percent. anyway i blame shortsighted people who contest under the umbrella of the so called ruling Peoples Democratic Party, Where we all know that there is never an Election but only selection.

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