NULGE protest: Area coun­cils get Septem­ber al­lo­ca­tion

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Abubakar Sadiq Isah

Af­ter a protest by the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT) chap­ter of the Nige­ria Union of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Em­ploy­ees (NULGE) last Thurs­day over de­lay in pay­ment of Septem­ber salaries, the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary of the FCT, Engi­neer John Chukwu, in­vited the six area coun­cils for the Joint Ac­count Al­lo­ca­tion Com­mit­tee (JAAC) meet­ing to share the al­lo­ca­tion for the month of Septem­ber.

A source who par­took in the JAAC meet­ing but craved anonymity con­fided in our reporter that im­me­di­ately af­ter the per­ma­nent sec­re­tary ad­dressed the pro­test­ers at the main en­trance of the FCDA, he di­rected the AMAC chair­man, Micah Jiba, who phoned other coun­cil chair­men to come for the JAAC meet­ing.

The source dis­closed that the coun­cil chair­men, how­ever, grum­bled af­ter the shar­ing as they dis­cov­ered that the amount ev­ery area coun­cil re­ceived was not enough to even pay staff salaries.

One of the coun­cil chair­men who does not want his name in print, also con­firmed over the phone to our reporter that a JAAC meet­ing was held on Thurs­day af­ter the protest.

“Hon­estly, the amount ev­ery area coun­cil got can’t even pay staff salaries. It was when we asked the per­ma­nent sec­re­tary to pay us the In­ter­nally Gen­er­ated Rev­enue (IGR) owed the coun­cils for the months of Au­gust and Septem­ber that we can pay staff salaries,” he said.

He dis­closed fur­ther that his area coun­cil’s wage bill was N87 mil­lion whereas he got only N65 mil­lion from JAAC, which he said was quite wor­ri­some.

City News learnt that apart from the IGR, the coun­cil chair­men also re­quested for money from out­door ad­ver­tise­ments that area coun­cils nor­mally re­ceive quar­terly to en­able them meet their staff salaries and pay­ment of other en­ti­tle­ments.

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