Edo LG clears four months workers salary arrears

Edo LG clears four months workers salary arrears

Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State has cleared the backlog of four months salary arrears of Council workers. The Chairman of Council, Mr Jerkins Evbareke Osunde, said the debt was inherited from past administration. He said this during an interactive session with newsmen at the Weekend in Benin City. He noted that the 5th

Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State has cleared the backlog of four months salary arrears of Council workers.

MR JERKINS EVBAREKE OSUNDE, CHAIRMAN OF OREDO LOCAL GOVERNMENT ARE OF EDO STATE

The Chairman of Council, Mr Jerkins Evbareke Osunde, said the debt was inherited from past administration.

He said this during an interactive session with newsmen at the Weekend in Benin City.

He noted that the 5th month of the salary arrear would be paid next week, leaving the Council with an outstanding one month salary arrear, which would be paid soon.

Osunde, cited determination, prudent management of resources and purpose-driven administration of governor Godwin Obaseki and royal support of Benin monarch, HRM. Oba Ewuare II.

He blamed the debt on huge monthly wage bills on “rural-urban drift of public Primary and Secondary Schools teachers.

He commended the State governor, Godwin Obaseki and the Chairperson of the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, Joan Oviawe, for the policy measure that have helped to salvage the Council from economic morass.

“Oredo is not on zero allocation anymore. But, to say, what we are getting is fair and just, I would like to disagree.

“We are under a lot of pressure regarding the services we render, from the huge monthly salary wage bills and demands.

“I inherited a lot of teachers who ought to be in the rural areas. Before now, everybody wants to teach in Oredo Local Government Area. But, things are changing in that regard”, he said.

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Osunde who is also the Chairman of Association of Local Government of Nigeria, ALGON in the State, however said there is a glimmer of hope, stressing that the monthly Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the Council under his watch, has appreciated from 40 million to N60 million.

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