The Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Kogi State, Abubakar Ohere, has declined the reports that the Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) gives additional money to Local Governments in the State.
Concise News learned that the Special Adviser disclosed that the protests by some local government workers in some council areas of the state demanding for full payments of salary was politically motivated.
Ohere revealed that the NFIU does not know the staff strength of each local government areas in the state.
Ohere warned the staff against their demands for full payment, saying it was not possible.
“If the workers in the local government areas insist on 100 per cent payment, where there is no money to do so, then, government would have no option than to embark on retrenchment. “This is what government has been trying to avoid,” the Special Adviser said.
Staff of some local governments in Kogi have insisted on 100 per cent payment of their salaries, based on the financial autonomy conferred on the councils by the NFIU recently.