LGAs: We are not paying you that N33.6 billion

The Kwara State government and the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) are set for a show of power.

NULGE has demanded that the state government refund her a total sum of N33.6 billion.

Kwara State government described the request as illogical, and baseless.

In a statement by Dr. Muideen Akorede, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communications to Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, the State government described NULGE’s demand as unfortunate and curious.

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He said there was no basis for demanding a refund of that amount or any other figure from the government.

Muideen claimed the State government had severally augmented allocation to LGAs in recent months to enable them pay workers.

The State government further clarified that funds were shared among Basic Education teachers and LGAs.

He said that Governor Ahmed’s administration ensured this distribution was done transparently on monthly basis.

Muideen noted that Governor Ahmed only proposed to take over payment of JSS teachers’ salaries.

He said the gesture was to reduce the burden on LGs in view of reduced allocation from the federation account.

The statement reads in part: “It is also a fact that the Ahmed administration does not tamper with LG funds.

“It is therefore ironic that NULGE is using the said proposal as the basis for its illogical demand for refund.

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“It is public knowledge that allocations accruing to all tiers of government have dropped due to fall in oil prices.

“It is time NULGE woke up to that reality of the economic situation of the country.

“The State government remains committed to ensuring transparency in the distribution of LG funds as specified by law.”

The government also advised NULGE to direct its request for promotions and salary increase to their respective local government councils as the state government was not responsible for such.