Direct Your Complains To Local Government Councils-KWSG To EX-Councillors

Oyewale Oyelola

The Kwara State Government has advised former local government Councillors to channel their demands about unpaid arrears to the individual local government councils.

This was contained in a statement released by Commissioner for Information and Communications, Alhaji Tunde Ajeigbe on Monday in Ilorin to address former local government Councillors protested outside Government House, demanding payment of their arrears.

 

Ajeigbe said Kwara State Government is not responsible for the said arrears as the Councillors served localg overnment councils, a separate tier of government which gets it allocation directly from the Federal Government as does the state government.

The statement reads in part: “Today (Monday), former local government Councillors protested outside Government House, demanding payment of their arrears? While the plight of the protesting ex Councillors is unfortunate especially during these difficult times, it is pertinent to state that the Kwara State Government is not responsible for the said arrears as the Councillors served localg overnment councils, a separate tier of government which gets it allocation directly from the Federal Government as does the state government.

“Although the state government recognizes their right to peaceful protests, the protesters are advised to channel their demands to the individual local government councils that are owing them.”

He reiterated Governor Ahmed administration readiness to support the councils to pay these and other arrears as demonstrated by the recent release of N2b to local councils, including N100m to offset the arrears owed political office holders, out of the recent Paris Club Refund as well as the ongoing efforts to shore up their internally generated revenue.

Our Correspondent gathered that the aggrieved members demonstrated along Ahmadu Bello Way and later sat in front of Government House for several hours waving their placards carrying different inscriptions such as “Pay us our Salaries Arrears”, “We are suffering”, “we can no longer afford house rent” among other heart-touching words.

They also lamented and narrated how they have been going through pains for the past nine-months.

 

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