Kwara state Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara has said that the only panacea to resolve the salary crisis affecting state was to increase the volume of its Internally Generated Revenue, IGR.
The governor disclosed in a release signed by his Senior Special Assistant (SSA), Media, Dr Muideen Akorede, yesterday saying that increased IGR was the only way the state can survive its current economic challenges.
He called on the people to support the state Internal Revenue Service (KWIRS) to meet its revenue targets so that salary arrears in the state would become a thing of the past.
Ahmed expressed concern over the hardship local government workers and pensioners were facing by the arrears which he said was due to drop in monthly federal allocation.
He assured the workers that the N5 billion bailout for the payment of salary and pension arrears for the local government would be released soon by the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.
According to him, the bailout, when received, will clear existing arrears in the 16 local government councils of the state.Ahmed said the state government received N4.3 billion bailout promised by the Federal Government to clear the two months’ arrears owed state civil servants.
Ahmed commended the workers and pensioners for their patience and pledged to continue working to ensure that the funds were released without further delay.
He also told the union leaders that the federal government has restructured the state government’s N15 billion debt into low interest 20-year bond.
Ahmed said the expected savings would enhance the state government’s capacity to meet its salary obligations and other responsibilities.
Ahmed said government was putting together a special package to turn around Radio Kwara, The Herald and Kwara Television to enable them generate revenue to cover their overheads and contribute to IGR.

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