By Dipo Olowookere
Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State has approved the sum of N250 million as augmentation for local councils in the State to enable them pay their workers’ August 2016 salaries in full.
Commissioner for Finance in the state, Mr Demola Banu, disclosed that the Governor approved the release of the money on his arrival from Abuja on Thursday evening.
He said this followed the verification of the figures provided by the 16 council chairmen in the state and according to him, workers would start receiving the money as from today after all necessary documentations are completed.
Mr Banu noted that the N250 million will be shared among the local governments based on their specific shortfall in August allocation.
He expressed optimism that the current financial crisis facing all tiers of government in the country will soon be a thing of the past, while also urging the LG workers to be patient with their respective council authorities while the payments are processed.
It will be recalled that Governor Ahmed while meeting with LG chairmen and officials of the State chapter of Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) on Tuesday, expressed the willingness of the State government to assist the local councils to meet their salary on a need by need basis.