Kwara state governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has assured local government workers of state government commitment to support councils in resolving issue of salaries backlog.
The governor expressed the readiness of his administration to assist LGs when federal government release Paris club loan refund to the state.
Governor Ahmed who spoke through his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Dr Muideen Akorede during the weekend in Ilorin disclosed that Kwara state government is not owing its workers.
He attributed LG salaries backlog to the significant drop in monthly allocation from FAAC and repayment of previous loan by counselors.
He explained that State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) staff are under local government but their salaries are usually deducted from the source by FG.
According to him: “Governor Ahmed is not pleased with lingering LG salaries backlog and he has shown a lot of commitment to resolve it. He recently facilitated N4billion loan for councils in the state to pay part of the salary arrears.
“But we need to understand issues that escalated it; he decrease in monthly allocation from FAAC and repayment of loan by local government areas in the state. Kwara LGs accessed N4billion loan from commercial bank in August 2015 to pay salaries in anticipation of Bailout fund from federal government but they are yet to get it.
“Hence, they need to service the despite decrease in allocation from FAAC. The monthly wage bill of LGs is N2.1billion and there are months they receive allocation less than that. That is the situation councils are dealing with.”
The governor however pointed out that the Paris Club refund has been captured in 2018 budget, stating the state government might need to seek legislative approval to bailout LGs.
He therefore appealed to SUBEB staff and other LG workers to be patient as the issue will soon become history.