Special Adviser to the Governor on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Titus Zam has declared a balance of N1.6 billion from the on going payment of bail out funds and assured that genuine and verified local government staff and primary school teachers yet to be paid would not be denied their entitlements.
Addressing the monthly joint account meeting with caretaker committee chairmen of 23 local government councils in the state on Thursday, 3rd March 2016 in Makurdi, Hon. Zam stated that the balance of $1.6 billion from #2.4 billion earlier declared was as a result of the over #800 million which was paid out to the affected persons.
A breakdown of the amount shows that the state Exco committee to fast track bailout payment approved over N400 million to be paid for quarter salaries for primary school teachers in 2014 which the Suswam Administration left behind while yet another over N400 million was approved for payment of salary arrears for local staff from the month of January 2015, 2014 , 2013 and 2012.
The Special Adviser also disclosed that the verification exercise in the local government councils showed that about 25,000 workers were verified while over 4,000 of them were either ghost or fake workers without genuine valid employment.
While assuring that those genuine and verified workers would be paid their salary arrears, Hon.Zam stated that those who were employed after the February, 2012 benchmark but got their appointment letters back dated would not be paid.
He informed the meeting that there is no excess yet from the local govt bailout account as genuine complaints are still been treated ,Assuring that all verified staff will be paid their due.
Hon. Titus Zam also disclosed that the Bureau of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs has handed over the payment of primary school teachers in the state to the State Universal Basic Education Board ( SUBEB) with December 2015 as effective date.
The Special Adviser further stated that the state Governor has also directed the Chairman of SUBEB Dr. Philip Tachin to attend monthly joint account meetings at the Bureau as a further demonstration of his administrations's transparency .
Already, state chairmen of NLC and NULGE have been attending JAC meetings including the Executive Chairman of Benue Internal Revenue Service ( BIRS), Mrs Mimi Adzape Orubibi.
The State Chairman of ALGON and Chairman, Caretaker Committee for Guma Local Government Council, Hon.Sam Agah, in his remarks had assured the Special Adviser that would continue to work together to achieve the desired goals.
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