Monday 22 July 2019

Unpaid salary: Nasarawa Assembly uncovers abnormalities in LG system

The Nasarawa State House of Assembly committee investigating non-payment of June

salary to Local Government staff and other deductions of Local Government funds has discovered abnormalities in the Local Government system in the state.

Mr. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, the Speaker of the House made this known on Monday after the Chairman of the Committee, Alhaji Mohammed Alkali (APC-Lafia North) presented an interim report of the committee during the House proceedings in Lafia.

The speaker approved additional three weeks for the committee to do a thorough job on the issue in order to bring total sanity to Local Government system across the 13 Local Government Areas in the state once and for all.

Abdullahi said, “This report revealed 13 areas of concern and abnormalities such as indiscriminate promotions and implementations of promotions, duplication of names in the payment vouchers.

“Names of retired and deceased staff continue to exist in the payment voucher of Local Governments and the same in development areas.”

“It was also found out that by the allocation of June 2019, only four Local Government in the state can comfortably pay their salary 100 per cent.

“These are Awe, Keffi, Keana and Wamba and the other nineLGs cannot pay due to paucity of funds compared to their wage bills,” he added.

He, however, urged the committee to find a lasting solution to the problems of local government system in the state in the interest of peace and development.

Earlier, Alkali while presenting the interim reports sought for additional time to enable the committee to complete its assignment.

He said, “We are yet to meet the management of the state Primary Health Care Development Agency and the Pension Board on the matter due to time constraint.

“There were a lot of discoveries made by the committee while discharging our assignment.”

The PUNCH reports that on July 16, Nasarawa State House of Assembly has set up a six-man committee to investigate the finances of the state ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs over non-payment of June salary to Local Government staff and other unnecessary deduction of Local Government funds in the state.

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