…local government workers yet to receive pay

In the bid to implement the new minimum wage, the Kogi State Government may be finding it hard as it has begun payment of February salaries and pensions to the state workers, however some partitioned to receive 70 percent of their pay.

The State Commissioner for Finance, Budget and Economic Planning, Asiwaju Idris has in a statement blamed the delay on “the late receipt as well as the poor January allocation of FAAC figures to the State, the worst in the last 4 years.”

The Commissioner said the government had to partition the state workers into two, and pay one half in percentage.

Consequently, the low figures in the distributable revenue share is responsible for the development.

“To this end, levels 1 to level 6 of the MDAs, Pensioners on monthly payment of N40, 000 and below, the judiciary and the legislative arm of Government has been paid 100% of their February salary in line with the new minimum wages.

“While levels 7 and above in all MDAs, the pensioners as well as the Political Office Holders were paid 70% in line with the minimum wage,” he said.

While apologizing for the delay and inconvenience, the Commissioner said the government will clear the outstanding arrears in the following month.

Meanwhile, Asiru in his statement, did not address concerns on the local government workers who were yet to get their pays reportedly since January.

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