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Edo councils get N850m loan to pay December salaries

By Michael Egbejule, Benin City
23 December 2021   |   2:41 am
Edo State Government, yesterday, said it has given local councils in the state N850 million loan to clear salaries of council workers in the month of December pending the release

[FILES] Obaseki. Photo/ facebook/godwinobasekiofficial

Edo State Government, yesterday, said it has given local councils in the state N850 million loan to clear salaries of council workers in the month of December pending the release of Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) allocations to the councils.

In a statement, Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie, said: “Due to its prudent management of public resources, the state had settled salaries and pension of state workers since December 14 from its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR). However, local governments in the state have been unable to pay December salaries and pension to workers and pensioners due to delay in the release of their FAAC allocation.”

He noted that the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, at an Executive Council (EXCO), approved the release of N850m to the councils to enable them clear their salary obligations for the month of December.

He said: “Recall that FAAC allocation is distributed between the Federal, state and local governments in the state after the monthly statutory FAAC meeting in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

“However, since the virtual FAAC meeting of December 18, where N675.9bn was shared among the three tiers of government, local governments in the state have been unable to access their funds, thereby putting them in dire straits.

“Realising, however, that local government workers would be hard hit by the delay during the festive season, the Edo State Government decided to advance the 18 local councils in the state a bailout to enable them to clear the salaries of their workers.”