By Matthew Denis
All categories of workers in the 16 Local Government Areas of Kwara State have received full salaries for the month of August, while the State Universal Education Board (SUBEB) teachers got N1,066,777,538.49 billion from August allocation.
The Kwara Chairman, Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Mr. Joshua Omokanye disclosed this while addressing newsmen after the Joint Accountant Allocation Committee (JAAC) meeting held in Ilorin, on Tuesday.
Omokanye explained that the traditional chiefs salaries were also put into consideration during the period under review, saying that the committee would not hesitate to pay their arrears in due course.
He said that LG & Local Government Education Authority (LGEA) pension stood at N466,827,148.56 revealing that 10 per cent Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) from state government stood at N40,229,015.21 and Value Added Tax (VAT) N419,345,165.27 were also shared.
He explained that the sum of N43,190,230.26 from NNPC refund and N90,078,195.86 from Exchange Difference were also shared.
The ALGON Chairman who is also Chairman of Oyun Local Government Area explained that statutory allocation for the month of August stood at N2, 118,946.807.61 as against N2,196,374,385.08 in the previous month.
The Chairman further explained that the fund was appropriated in line with law guiding the local government account which included; Teachers salary(SUBEB) N1,066,777,538.49; LG and LGEA pension N466,827,148.56 among others.
Omokanye commended the state government for placing high premium on welfare of workers, stressing that the state government obtained loans to pay salaries before Sallah celebration.
According to him, the state government obtained loans to pay worker’s salaries in anticipation of allocation from Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC), which held its meeting last week.
He explained that the distribution of the allocations among the Local Government Councils in the state was done in accordance with section 4(2) of the state Joint Local Government Account Law (cap80) as amended by Law 15 of 2001.
“The fund was appropriated in line with law guiding the local government account. JAAC was assembly of 16Local Government chairmen without the inference of state government”, he stated.