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In Plateau N5.6B Paris Club refund used to settle salary overdraft - Govt

Finance commissioner said that 60.06 per cent of the sum was for the state government, while 39.94 per cent went to the 17 Local Governments.

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Plateau Governor Simon Lalong

(DailyAfricaGist.com)
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The Plateau Government said on Thursday it used the N5.6 billion received as the second tranche of the Paris Club refund, to defray bank overdrafts it took to clear workers salaries.

Mrs. Tamwakat Weli, the Commissioner of Finance, while briefing newsmen in Jos, said that 60.06 per cent of the sum, totaling N3.39 billion, was for the state government, while 39.94 per cent, totaling N2.25 billion went to the 17 Local Governments.

The commissioner recalled that the state government, in December 2016, borrowed N3.4 billion which it added to the first tranche of the Paris Club refund, to offset the workers salaries.

Since then, government has relied on bank overdraft to pay workers and pensioners.

“The monthly wage bill is N2.25 billion; allocations from the federal purse and internally generated revenue cannot cover this,

“But, government is mindful of its obligation to its workers and pensioners and is left with no option than to rely on bank overdraft to ensure that no one is owed,” she said.

The commissioner urged the people of Plateau to support government’s efforts by paying their taxes to boost Internally Generated Revenue.

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