Eating And Weeping: Delta ALGON Says N5.9 Bn Inadequate For LGs *Confirms Receipt Of N2.1 Bn Paris Club Loan Refund From State, N3.8 Bn FG Allocation For June


“After all deductions for primary school teachers’ salaries, loan servicing, pension, gratuities and state civil service commission allocation, only six councils were able to pay their staff salaries.” –ALGON

Nigeria (Blank NEWS Online) –By Albert OGRAKA: 

Blank NEWS Online can authoritatively reveal that the Delta State chapter of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) has received the sum of N2.1 billion on behalf of the 25 councils in the state as their statutory share of the N10 billion Paris Club excess loan deduction refunded to the state and also received a total of N3.8 billion as federal allocation for the month of June.

Although respite may have come the way of the third tier of government in Delta state, complaints are still rife that the seeming huge recent receipts from the Federal and State Governments were grossly inadequate to meet the financial obligations of the local government councils as some solvent councils are still unable to pay up wages.

The Delta State chapter of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) on Wednesday, August 09, 2017 confirmed the receipt of N2.1 billion by the 25 councils in the state as their statutory share of the N10 billion Paris Club excess loan deduction refunded to the state.

ALGON also said the 25 councils received a total of N3.8 billion as federal allocation for the month of June.

Mr Fidelis Akpotha, the Chief Press Secretary to the state ALGON chairman, Sir Itiako Ikpokpo, who spoke on behalf of his principal, said the June allocation was the highest since 2015.

He said the loan refund and June allocation brought the total funds from federal coffers to the councils within the period to about N5.9 billion.

Akpotha, however, said that the seeming huge receipts were grossly inadequate to meet the financial obligations of the local government councils.

He said that after all deductions for primary school teachers’ salaries, loan servicing, pension, gratuities and state civil service commission allocation, only six councils were able to pay their staff salaries.

He could not immediately identify the solvent councils, but pleaded for time to find out and get back.

Akpotha explained, “The total monthly staff wage bill for the 25 local government councils is about N1.5 billion, and over N2 billion for primary school teachers’ salaries.

“Each of the 25 councils owes their staff an average of eight months salary arrears, and another three months for primary school teachers.

“After all the deductions, only six councils were buoyant enough to pay their staff salaries for three months.

“This prompted ALGON to appeal for assistance from the state government, which bailed them out with about N600 million.’’

With this, he said, each of the councils will be able to settle three months staff salary arrears and one month for primary school teachers.

The ALGON chairman thanked Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa for coming to the aid of the councils.

Copyright © Blank NEWS Online.
All rights reserved. Permission to reproduce, publish, broadcast, rewrite or redistribute in whole or in part is only granted subject to appropriate credit being given to Blank NEWS Online as the source.

***Read Blank NEWS Online for regular news updates…Also like us on Facebook & follow us on Twitter @blanknewsonlin1

Advertise in Blank NEWS Online
Visit Us @:
http://www.blanknewsonline.wordpress.com 
Email: blanknewsonline@ymail.com 
Phone: +234 8037 644 337 
Nigeria (Blank NEWS Online) – 
E.I.C: Albert Eruorhe Ograka

*News *Literati* Adverts

*News *Literati* Adverts

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s