Lafia - The Nasarawa State House of House on Monday set up a joint committee to investigate the alleged payment of half salaries to local government staff in the state.
The assembly resolved to constitute the joint committee comprising it's committees on local government, information, petitions and public accounts after deliberation on a motion of urgent public interest raised by Mohammed Ibaku (PDP- Udege/Loko).
Ibaku told the house that local government staff from his constituency in Nasarawa Local Government Area had complained over alleged payment half salaries in June and August without explanation from the local government or state authority.
He said the incomplete salaries were causing untold hardships to the affected staff and wondered why the government would subject the workforce at the grassroots to such treatment.
Anthony Obande (PDP-Doma South), who seconded the motion, also corroborated the story, saying it was not peculiar to Nasarawa Local Government Area.
Obande said the situation was an act of corruption, which must not be allowed to continue.
He said such action was capable of provoking civil unrest, urging the state and local governments to exercise restraint, to avert crisis.
The Deputy Speaker, Elisha Agwadu (PDP-Obi) who presided over Monday's plenary, said the assembly also mandated the joint committee to invite the 13 local government chairmen to explain the situation.
The committee has one week to submit its report.