We can’t pay overhead - Ortom
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has said that his administration can only pay workers’ salaries for September, adding that other expenses cannot be entertained.
Ortom made the disclosure, Tuesday, in Makurdi, shortly on arrival from a trip to the United States of America.
He said that the state received only N2.6 billion as its last month’s allocation, while the salary wage bill for September was over N3.4 billion.
The governor lamented the persistent shortfall of statutory allocation to local governments, saying it has led to inability to pay salaries at that level.
Ortom disclosed that the state was yet to access the bailout package from the federal government, explaining however, that documentation with the Central Bank has been completed.