NASARAWA State government yesterday said it needs nothing less than N2.2 billion monthly to pay 100% salaries of Local Government workers and other statutory obligations like pension and traditional institution.
The state commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Iliya Haruna Osegba, revealed this in Lafia while interacting with Journalists in his office.
“Anything short of this amount means that nobody in Nasarawa state, including the institutional arrangements in place, cannot access full payment of either salaries or pension.”
He further explained that the state has resorted to percentage payment of salaries to Local Government workers because the monthly federal allocation accrued to Local Government in the state does not go beyond N1.5 billion hitherto leaving the state with a short fall of N700 or N800 million monthly.
“In this circumstances therefore, we have to work out to see that our civil servants would not suffer and this we had done in consultation with their leadership so that they can also be able to meet up with the requirements of their livelihood.”
He said that as a consequent to the short fall, pensioners are also been paid 150% as the case may be depending whether one retired before the implementation of the new minimum wage or before its implementation.
Osegba however assured that in the next few months, government was going to take pragmatic steps where Local Government workers would be able to receive 100% of their salaries as the case may be.
Earlier, chairman of Nasarawa State correspondents’ chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Suleiman Abubakar, appealed to the commissioner to work assiduously towards the full payment of the council workers’ salaries in the state.

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