FCT area coun­cils strug­gle to pay Septem­ber salaries

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Abubakar Sadiq Isah

The six area coun­cils in the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT), are still strug­gling to pay their staff salaries for the month of Septem­ber af­ter some statu­tory de­duc­tions were made from the N1.5 bil­lion (N1,501,176,445.24) that was shared among the coun­cils dur­ing the Joint Ac­count Al­lo­ca­tion Com­mit­tee (JAAC) meet­ing presided over by the FCT per­ma­nent sec­re­tary, John Chukwu.

The statu­tory de­duc­tions that were made were pay­ment of pri­mary school teach­ers of the Lo­cal Ed­u­ca­tion Author­ity (LEA), 15 per­cent pen­sion fund, one per­cent train­ing fund, teach­ers mon­e­ti­za­tion/en­ti­tle­ments as well as 7.5 per­cent em­ployer pen­sion con­tri­bu­tion.

City News find­ings re­vealed that area coun­cils such as Gwag­wal­ada got N78 mil­lion, Kuje 57 mil­lion, Kwali N56 mil­lion, Bwari N50 mil­lion, Abaji N47 mil­lion and Abuja Mu­nic­i­pal Area Coun­cil (AMAC) got N27 mil­lion.

It was fur­ther gath­ered that AMAC and Kuje are yet to pay their staff salaries, as the wage bill for work­ers in the former is up to N100 mil­lion, while that of the lat­ter is about N90 mil­lion.

A staff in Kuje Area Coun­cil who craved anonymity dis­closed that the coun­cil had gone to bor­row money from the bank to add to the amount on ground in or­der to pay its staff salaries.

One of the

coun­cil chair­men, who also spoke with our reporter on tele­phone, said that the amount his coun­cil got could not pay its staff salaries af­ter statu­tory de­duc­tions for pay­ment of teach­ers and oth­ers were made from what was al­lo­cated to the coun­cil.

Re­act­ing, Com­rade, Abubakar Yakubu Al­has­san of the (FCT) chap­ter of the Nige­ria Union of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Em­ploy­ees (NULGE), said it was quite dis­turb­ing that de­spite the in­clu­sion of IGR, the area coun­cils still strug­gle to pay staff salaries.

He said there was the need for the union and stake­hold­ers across the six area coun­cils to come to­gether and ex­plore av­enues of gen­er­at­ing rev­enue.

Pic Abubakar Sadiq Isah.

A crash scene at Gada-Biyu vil­lage on the Abuja-Lokoja road on Tues­day evening.

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