Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has ordered the release of N250 million for the payment of salaries of workers in the state owned Colleges of Education.
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Rafiu Ajakaye said in a statement in Ilorin on Friday that the money was for the payment of May and June 2019 salaries.
He listed the benefitting colleges to include Kwara State College of Education, Oro; Kwara State College of Education, Ilorin and Kwara State College of Education (Technical) Lafiagi.
Others are Kwara State College of Arabic and Islamic Legal Studies (CAILS), Ilorin; Kwara State College of Nursing and Midwifery, Ilorin and Kwara State College of Nursing, Oke Ode.
According to the CPS, the ongoing industrial action by the staff of the colleges of education would end with the release of the N250 million to pay at least two months of their outstanding salary.
“The total amount the Governor released for salary payment is 250,774, 328.34. This covers salary for the months of May and June,” Rafiu Ajakaye added.
Ajakaye gave the governor’s assurance of subsequent prompt payment of the salary.
He also said that the governor has promised to gradually offset the arrears of salaries inherited from the previous administration which led to the strike action in the colleges.
“Concerned about the status of the schools, the Governor also approved additional N25 million for the College of Education (Technical) Lafiagi for immediate re-accreditation and N24.8 million for CAILS for re-accreditation.
“It is the intention of this administration to stabilize Kwara for growth.
“Greater things are coming but the Governor is working round the clock to first restore normalcy across all sectors,” he said.
The Colleges of Education had long embarked on strike to protest the non-payment of their salary and other administrative issues, leading to the shutting down of the schools.
Ajakaye also said the Governor has approved the immediate payment of N49, 786, 667 as counterpart funds for FADAMA project.
The sum, he added includes an outstanding of N13. 9 million third national FADAMA Development Project Additional financing for 2018 and N35.9 million already due as 2019 counterpart fund for the same project.
An initiative of the World Bank, FADAMA is an initiative of the World Bank that seeks to empower local farmers with some funds to boost their production of staple foods like rice, cassava and sorghum in irrigable land area.
The project is financed through a counterpart funding arrangement between the World Bank and the participating states, including Kwara which had so far benefitted up to $4,685,500 since it keyed into the programme.