By Oladapo Okeowo
The Kogi state government has announced the release of N2billion to the 21 local government councils out of the N6.2 billion Paris Club refund the state received from the federal government.
The disclosure was done by the state commissioner of finance, Idris Ashiru.
According to him, the money is the share accruing to the local governments.
He said, of the just over N4billion left, N1.716billion has been released for the payment of May and June salaries of teaching and non-teaching staff in tertiary institutions while N1.323billion was expended on the payment of May and June pensions of retired workers.
The May salaries of workers in ministries, departments and agencies were covered with N987million was expended on the payment of May salary of workers in ministries, departments and agencies.
He said the state government used all of the refund to clear salary arrears.
“In addition, the Ministry of Finance made additional fund of N3,219,145,997.12 available to the Accountant-General to clear arrears of May salary of civil servants”, the official stated.
“It is important to note that Governor Yahaya Bello directed that the state should use all the Paris Refund to clear outstanding salaries and pensions as against the undertaken with the Federal Government to use only 75 per cent of the refund.”