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Local Government Association doubtful over planned cash payment of workers’ salary

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ALGONThe Nasarawa State chapter of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) has expressed reservation over the state government’s planned cash payment of staff salaries.

The state ALGON Chairman, Alhaji Suleiman Wambai, expressed the reservation when he spoke with newsmen in Lafia on Tuesday. Wambai, who is also the Chairman of Lafia Local Government Area, said the move would help to fish out ghost workers in the system and block all leakages in the resources of the state.

He, however, said that the charges payable to the banks to effect the cash payment was enormous considering the paucity of funds at the disposal of the local government areas. Wambai said that the local government areas would be paying over N15 million banks charges for the cash salary payment to the 33,100 staff across the local government areas in the state.

“While we are trying to fish out ghost workers and block leakages in government resources, another avenue will be opened for the banks to make money,’’ Wambai said.

He explained that as part of efforts to block leakages, the local government areas had been partnering with the Pension Board and other critical stakeholders to ensure that all records of dead pensioners were properly taken. According to him, the exercise is yielding positive results as some names have been blotted out and funds saved for the government.

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