From Gambo Ahmed, Lafia
The Nasarawa State House of Assembly committee investigating nonpayment of June salary to local government staff and other unnecessary deduction of local government funds, has discovered series of abnormalities in the local government system in the state.
The Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi made this known yesterday after the Chairman of the Committee, Alhaji Mohammed Alkali(APC-Lafia North) presented an interim report of the committee during the House proceedings in Lafia.
The speaker approved additional three weeks for the committee to do a thorough job on the issue in order to bring total sanity to local government system in the state.
He added that the issue is affecting the entire state and directed the chairmen of the 13 local governments in the state to pay salaries this week unfailingly as promised.
According to him “This report revealed 13 areas of concern and abnormalities such as indiscriminate promotions and implementation of promotions, duplication of names in the pay vouchers. Names of retired and deceased staff continue to exist in the payment voucher of local government and same in development areas.”
He continued, “It was also find out that by the allocation of June 2019 only four local government in the state can comfortably pay their salary 100 percent”.
Balarabe-Abdullahi urged the committee to find a lasting solution to the problems of local government system in the state in the interest of peace and development.