The salary crisis adversely affecting the Local Government administration in Kwara State will soon come to an end, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has said.
Speaking in Ilorin on a radio programme; ‘The Governor Explains’ aired on the network of all radio stations in the state capital, Governor Ahmed said: ‘There had been a long standing controversy over what becomes of local government allocations from the federation account every month which allegedly never reflected on developments in the council areas’.
The bulk-passing game had been between the state government who denied tampering with local government finances and the Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) who frowns at what it described government’s forceful intrusion into the councils’ fiscal activities
NULGE had alleged that the state government for years had forced the councils to operate a joint account system supervised by the government who carries out projects at its (government’s) instance, where it is done at all.
Speaking on radio during the programme, Governor Ahmed said he had met with council Chairmen with the aim of identifying their various problems and fashioned out possible solutions to their salary challenges.
According to him, his government is working with the Kwara Internal Revenue Services (KWIRS) on how to improve the revenue of all the 16 Local Government Areas in the state so as to enable them meet their financial obligations.
“What we are doing is to find permanent solution to the problem. Giving them fund to clear the backlog of salaries is not the solution, but to fashion out means of improving their revenue base because of the continued drop in the federal allocation”.