- Governor Sule said local governments were unable to pay workers in full
- The governor said the state on its part has paid workers in full
- Sule also disclosed that the state government has been assisting the local governments to pay full salaries
Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa state has explained why some local government councils in the state were not able to pay the March salaries in full.
The governor, who offered the explanation while hosting officials of the Nasarawa State Students Association (NASSA) on Tuesday, April 7, in Lafia, said it was due to the economic challenges posed by the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.
Sule said even though the state government was able to pay its workers and pensioners in full, some councils were only able to pay their workers in percentage.
The governor pointed out that he refused to comment earlier about the development in order to respect the autonomy the councils presently enjoys.
“I didn’t say anything about it because the LGCs are autonomous, a lot of people didn’t get to understand what is happening.
“At the state level we have paid workers 100 per cent of their salaries, 100 per cent of their pension, irrespective of the challenges we are facing.
“But because of the autonomy, a lot of the LGCs were not able to pay 100 per cent of salaries,” he explained.
Sule also disclosed that the state government has been assisting the local governments to pay full salaries for about three to four months now.
He said that the assistance could not be sustained in March because there was no extra resources left to assist the councils, assuring however that the state government will look into the matter.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the presidential committee on the impact of the coronavirus on Nigeria’s economy has disclosed that the economy is facing serious challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The committee made the disclosure on Thursday, April 2, after a meeting with President Buhari in Abuja where the president was briefed on current happenings around the world due to COVID-19 and its impact on the country’s economy.
Timipre Sylva, the minister of state for petroleum resources, who is also a member of the committee, said the Nigerian economy was not in the best shape due to falling oil prices caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, who is also a member of the committee, said the coronavirus had impacted the global economy and may even lead to recession globally.
Legit.ng also reported that President Muhammadu Buhari has charged the ministry of finance budget and national planning to ensure that Nigerian civil servants get their salaries paid promptly.
The Nation reports that the president gave the directive on Thursday, April 2, during a meeting with members of the presidential committee on the review of the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the economy, held at the State House, Abuja.
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