Kogi coun­cil chair­man de­cries de­duc­tion in monthly al­lo­ca­tion

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Us­man A. Bello, Lokoja

Chair­man of Mopa­muro Lo­cal Govern­ment Area of Kogi State, Mr. Folorun­sho Daniyan, has de­cried the 40 per cent de­duc­tion from lo­cal govern­ment al­lo­ca­tion by the govern­ment for the State Uni­ver­sal Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Board (SUBEB).

Mr. Daniyan, who spoke in Lokoja, said the de­duc­tion is hin­der­ing the smooth run­ning of the lo­cal govern­ment.

He said cur­rently, coun­cils are grap­pling with half salary pay­ment, while “SUBEB has more than it needs for the pay­ment of salary of pri­mary school teach­ers un­der them”.

Daniyan said con­trary to spec­u­la­tion in some quar­ters, the in­abil­ity of coun­cils to pay full salary to their staff has noth­ing to do with the state govern­ment.

He said the prob­lem is caused by the dwin­dling al­lo­ca­tion from the federal ac­count and the 40 per cent de­duc­tion for SUBEB.

“Teach­ers un­der my lo­cal govern­ment are not up to 500, yet they deduct the same 40 per cent from my al­lo­ca­tion with other lo­cal gov­ern­ments that have close to 100 pri­mary teach­ers; that is un­fair. Let me il­lus­trate fur­ther. The al­lo­ca­tion that came to my lo­cal govern­ment in Jan­uary was N65 mil­lion. My staff salary is N65.500 mil­lion. How can I pay full salary when SUBEB will also take 40 per cent of the al­lo­ca­tion,” he said.

He urged the state House of As­sem­bly to re­visit the SUBEB Act so that funds can be de­ducted ac­cord­ing to the num­ber of pri­mary school teach­ers in­stead of the 40 per cent flat rate de­ducted from each coun­cil.

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