“Nasarawa State/LGA Joint Account Treasury is Empty” – Commissioner For LGA Affairs

Gov Almakura and Nasarawa First Lady Salamatu Almakura at the official commissioing of NBS Lafia

By Rabiu Doma,Nasarawa
Honorable Mohammed Dan’azumi the commissioner for Local Government and chieftaincy affairs has revealed that Local Governments’ in the state are grappling with grim situation.
 
The commissioner buttressed that of vast Local Government councils in the state are insolvent; He gave the hint in an exclusive interview with our reporter at his office.
 
The commissioner attributed the preponderance of the third tier of Government to the implementation of new minimum wage implemented by the present regime in the state, Honorable Dan’azumi averred that out of the thirteen Local Governments only few are viable.
 
He listed some of the Local Governments as Akwanga, Nasarawa Eggon, Doma, Lafia amid others, The commissioner said the bankrupt tier of Government relied on savings from the state and Local Government joint account.
 
Honorable Mohammed Dan’azumi acknowledged that the lean grant from the federation account is not enough to settled staff wages, He asserted that Local Governments got N1.1bn from March 2014 grant.
 
He however affirmed that N977m was the monthly wage of the entire workforce at the third tier of Government,He stated that N977, 561,810.31.
 
He in addition said N410, 898,215.72m goes to medical and health workers while N379, 400,203.73m goes to the other category of Local Government staff, “Our third tier of Government in the state are surviving by the refinement of State/Local Government joint account.
 
“From the lean resource other deduction are made,He listed the deductions to include
Statutory deduction
10 percent from the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) .
Contributory pension
Salary of primary school Teachers
5% deduction to traditional rulers
Deduction for training fund.
 
Speaking on the amount presently in the coffers of State/Local Government joint account ,Honorable Mohammed Dan’azumi opine that the colossal amount of money in the treasury was used to augment the payment of workers salary in some of the Local Government that are broke.
 
When asked on the financial position of State/Local Government coffers on assumption of office in 2011,The commissioner maintained that  N700m  was inherited from the successive administration.
 
Commenting on the committee set up to look into the sacking of 7000 workers by the sitting Governor, Umaru Tanko Al’Makura,The commissioner who was the chairman of the committee declined on the assignment vested on them.
 
Saying the report of the committee will be presented to the chief executive for further action, “If i say anything now is like I’m pre-emptying the recommendation of the report which will any moment from now be presented to the Governor.
 
He also declined comment on the ongoing screening exercise in the third tier of Government, I’m not aware of any screening exercise at the Local Government level.
 
The commissioner read riot act Local Government workers to be dedicated and steadfast in the discharge of their responsibility to the state, He also called, on the workforce been the engine room to shun ineptitude and other vices that may cause disaffection to the system.

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