With Denis Matthew
The 16 local government areas of Kwara State yesterday shared N766,877,682.25 for the month of September , as N1,129,128,131.78 was released for the payment of State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) teachers’ salary.
The Chairman, Local Government Service Commission, Hajia Sarat Adebayo disclosed this at the monthly State Joint Accounts Allocation Committee (JAAC) meeting held at the state Ministry of Finance conference hall in Ilorin, the state capital.
She said that N16 million has been approved for the payment of outstanding salary of 2013-2016 local government ex councillors.
According to her, all categories of the local government and SUBEB workers would receive full salaries this month.
She said that the total amount distributable among the 16 LGs after deductions in line with law guiding JAAC stood at N766,877,682.25.
The chairman explained that statutory allocation for month of September stood at N2,046,575,967.83 as against N1,424,951,058.78 received in August ;10 per cent IGR from state government,N51,028,809.25 as against N55,192,611.61 in August .
She explained further that the fund was appropriated in line with law guiding the local government, account which included; Teachers salary N1,129,128,131.78; LG and LGEA pension N379,218,110.84 among others.
“The gross statutory allocation for the LGs stands at N2,046,575,967.83, Value Added Tax (VAT), N461,537,268.34, 10 per cent IGR from the state, N51,028,809.25.
“N1,129,128,131.78 was appropriated for the payment of Basic Education teachers’ salary, while the sum of N379,218,110.84 was allocated for LG pensioners’ arrears,”she stated.
She revealed that the sum of N280, 045, 355 was deducted at source as repayment for the N4.820billion loan facility the councils obtained in 2015 to pay salaries.
Adebayo however assured that the state government would continue to make concerted efforts to ensure prompt payment of workers’ salary, saying that all categories of LGs workers would receive full salaries this month.
The Chairman commended the state government for placing high premium on the welfare of the workers.
“Owing to the increased in the monthly allocation from federation account to the councils, members of the committee resolved that N16m should be released to pay ex-political office holders”, he stated .”
She stated that the committee also agreed that the salaries of local government, traditional Chiefs, Green and Clean staff salaries should be prioritised.