Nasarawa State Governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, has announced that the state would be leaning on the joint account for succour to Local Governments in the states that lack the financial muscle in terms of Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to pay salaries.
Speaking during the Local Governments joint account meeting (JAC) held at the government House Lafia the state capital at the weekend, Al-Makura said the joint account would provide a buffer for LGs, as monies would be chipped from other more buoyant ones, pending when the situation stabilises.
He said: “There are some Local Government Chairmen who cannot pay their workers’ salaries because the monthly allocation that is coming from Federation account is not enough. This is why we decided to merge the account to help Local Governments that are not bouyant.”
The governor berated those peddling stories that the bailout from the FG is being diverted, saying N3.8 billion has been earmarked for outstanding salaries of LG workers.
He, however, disclosed that the bailout option adopted by the state’s government would not suffice for October salaries, hence has asked the LGs to begin looking for creative ways out.
The Nasarawa State Association of Local Government in Nigeria (ALGON) Chairman, Sulieman Wambai, who spoke on behalf of the LG Chairmen in the state assured Al-Makura of their total support.
Source: The Scoop