By Attah Adgidzi,
The Nasarawa State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Haruna Osegba has revealed that, the 13 council areas in the state hardly generate one million naira as internal revenue in a month.
He observed that, since his appointment as Commissioner heading the ministry, there was no record where local government areas, including Karu, Akwanga, Keffi and Lafia considered as business hub in the state cannot raise one million naira in a month.
The commissioner who lamented over the situations, said “this has been one of the major causes of paying local government workers salary in Percentage”.
He added that “the ministry is tired of being stereotype with percentage payment and wants to end the situation to improve the well being and welfare of workers”.
Alhaji Osegba who was speaking during the Joint Accounts Committee (JACC) meeting in Lafia, said the ministry would do all it can to improve IGR of each local council in the state.
“As a chairman of a local government, you need to think, how can I collect money from IGR so that we can argument and balance to pay 100 percent salary”, he asked.
He described the development as worst ever, that, even overseers of development areas comes to the ministry for their duty traveling allowance (DTA).
The commissioner who frowned at the way some government departments and agencies operates, said the ministry was no longer comfortable with the management of Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Primary Healthcare Development Agency (PHCDA) and Pension Bureau for lack of proper accountability.
He reiterated the resolve of JACC to probe activities of Petain to salaries of local government workers.
“We are also approving funds to the Pension Bureau for payments of monthly pension to retirees. They keep bringing names of new retirees for inclusion in the payroll, but nobody has ever informed us that some pensioners have died and their names were removed from pension, and make refund of excess money.” Osegba said.
He noted that the steps was aimed at sanitising the system to end percentage payments of LG workers, adding that it is unfortunate LG workers would still be paid between 70 to 80 percent of their April salaries.
Corroborating the commissioner’s position, Chairman, Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) and his Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) counterpart, Ayuba Wambe and Abdullahi Adeka, accused the MDAs for lack of transparency in their activities.
Remarking, the Auditor-General of the state, Idris Danladi, said his office had carried out audit of the said department and agencies in the past as required by law, adding that they will commence investigation calling on the affected MDAs to cooperate with him for the success of the assignment.