The Kwara State Government, on Sunday night, described as unfortunate and baseless, calls by the state’s chapter of the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) for a refund of N33.6 billion deducted from statutory allocation of 16 Local Government councils within a space 84 months.
A statement by Dr. Muideen Akorede, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communications to the governor, said the allegation is also curious because it does not tamper with LG funds.
Instead, the statement added that the state government had augmented allocation to local councils to enable them pay their workers in recent months.
“Funds are shared among Basic Education teachers, LGs, Pensioners, Traditional Councils as prescribed by law,” the statement added, stressing that the administration of Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed ensures that this distribution is done transparently on a monthly basis.
The statement added that the governor “only proposed to take over payment of JSS teachers in order to reduce the burden on LGs and enhance their capacity to pay workers in view of reduced allocation from the federation account.”
The government urged NULGE to wake up to reality of the nation’s economic situation, especially the allocations due to oil price crash, regretting that NULGE used its proposal as basis to demand for refund.
The statement further assured of the state government’s commitment “to ensuring transparency and accountability in the distribution of LG funds as specified by law.”
The government also urged NULGE to channel it’s request for promotions and salary raise to their respective council, because the state is not responsible for such.
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