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Kwara Govt continues gradual payment of pre-2019 SUBEB, LGAs’ N11bn arrears

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Kwara State Government has paid another 15% of one month of the huge salary arrears of SUBEB teachers, pensioners and local government workers it inherited in 2019 from the past administration in the state.

The decision to gradually offset the N11,112,333,818.20 was agreed to by local government authorities at the request of union leaders at the allocation committee meeting of Monday August 29, 2022.

The payment of the 15% of the arrears came after the allocation committee approved funding for 100% August salary, while the balance goes into offsetting the loans earlier obtained from the state government to pay 100% salary for all categories of workers in the previous months of 2022 when federal allocation/revenue dropped drastically.

It will be recalled that this administration had paid 15% (N308m) of the arrears in January 2020 and another 20% (N359m) in December 2021 when allocation improved.

Depending on the size of the allocation, monthly salary payment and other statutory obligations at the local government level (including SUBEB) continue to gulp between 85 and 100% of revenues of the councils, especially after the minimum wage was implemented.

The government assures the concerned workers and the unions of its commitment to pay them this deserving entitlement.

However, the only alternative to phased payment of these humongous arrears is a new borrowing which would further plunge the state into more debt.

The government sincerely commends the workers and their unions for their exemplary patriotism, patience and understanding.

Oba Azeez Bolaji,
Press Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs

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