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Ahmed promises more funds for councils

Kwara State Governor AbdulFatah Ahmed has promised to give additional funds to the local government councils to offset outstanding salary arrears.

The councils got N1 billion as part payment from the Paris club refund which accrued to the state.

The governor, who addressed stakeholders yesterday at the monthly All Progressives Congress (APC) Forum, promised that additional funds will be released as soon as other outstanding commitments, including pensions and gratuities of state retirees, are settled as encapsulated in the 2017 budget.

He explained that the N5.1 billion received is 12.5 lower than the amount the state was expecting.

According to him, state-owned tertiary institutions are also expected to benefit from the refund.

“I’m pained that the country’s economic challenges have taken their toll on every segment of the country, particularly the local government workers,” he lamented.

Ahmed promised that his government will work towards ending the salary crisis at the local government level.”

He, however, assured Kwarans that another tranche of the refund would be released in September, and promised to continue to improve on the people’s welfare.

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Posted on July 24, 2017

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