We can’t pay over­head - Or­tom

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Hope Abah, Makurdi

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.

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