Following payments of March salaries on percentages in some Local Government Councils in Nasarawa state, Governor Abdullahi Sule has cleared the air on the rationale behind…
Sule clears air why LGs pay salaries on percentages
From Suleiman Lawal, Lafia
“Considering the recent economic dwelling as a result of COVID-19 which becomes globally challenged, that is why some Council areas could not pay salaries of workers in full for the month of March,” Sule explained.
Sule, who disclosed this while hosting officials of the Nasarawa State Students Association (NASSA) at Government House Lafia, added: “Although the state government was able to pay its workers in full, as well as pensioners, some local government areas were only able to pay their workers in percentages because of lack of resources to pay full salaries.
“I didn’t say anything about it, because the LGAs are autonomous; a lot of people didn’t get to understand what is happening.
“At the state level we have paid workers 100 per cent of their salaries; 100 per cent of their pension, irrespective of the challenges we are facing. But because of the autonomy, a lot of the LGAs were not able to pay 100 per cent of salaries,” he explained.
He revealed that for the past three or four months government was assisting the Councils to pay full salaries, but could not do so for the month of March because there were no additional resources left to assist the Councils.