In Kwara Government denies owing ex-Councillors

The Commissioner for Information said the state government is not responsible for making the payments.

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Kwara state governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed

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The Kwara state government has denied owning arrears to a group of former local government Councillors who recently protested outside the state's Government House demanding payment.

This was disclosed by the state's Commissioner for Information and Communications, Alhaji Mahmud Tunde Ajeigbe, on Monday, September 11, 2017.

He revealed that the state government is not responsible for making the payments being demanded by the former Councillors, saying individual local government councils are tasked with it.

He said, "While the plight of the protesting ex Councillors is unfortunate especially during these difficult times, it is pertinent to state that the Kwara State Government is not responsible for the said arrears as the Councillors served local government councils, a separate tier of government which gets it allocation directly from the Federal Government as does the state government.

"Although the state government recognizes their right to peaceful protests, the protesters are advised to channel their demands to the individual local government councils that are owing them.

"Meanwhile, the Ahmed administration stands ready to support  the councils to pay these and other arrears as demonstrated by the recent release of N2b to local councils, including N100m, towards offsetting the arrears owed political office holders, out of the recent Paris Club Refund as well as the ongoing efforts to shore up their internally generated revenue."

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A survey conducted by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) confirmed that after the release of the second tranche of the Paris Club refunds to the 36 states in the country, only Kwara state, and a few others have cleared the salary arrears of their workers.

The federal government in July released N243.79 billion to the states as the second tranche of the refund.

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