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Kwara government distances self from workers' deaths

17 July 2015, 12:55Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - The Kwara State Government has denied media reports suggesting some of its workers died waiting for payment of salary arrears.

Dr. Muideen Akorede, Senior Special Assistant to Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, said while the reported deaths of the workers was sad, there was no proof that the deaths were caused by the delay in payment of salaries by certain tertiary institutions in the state.

Akorede thus described the report as “false, speculative and unfounded.”

Meanwhile, Akorede said despite the drop in federal allocation to the state for almost a year, the government had consistently paid the salaries of its workers due to Ahmed's financial ingenuity.

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“The only exception, were some of its revenue generating agencies which are in the process of clearing salary arrears.”

Akorede also clarified claims that the state government had received a bail out from the federal government to pay salary arrears.

According to the official, government only received its statutory share of Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) dividend which should have been paid to the state but was delayed.

Ahmed had earlier this week approved the payment of salaries and pensions to enable workers and pensioners celebrate the Eid Fitr festival.

Akorede said the state government was determined to work within available resources to ensure that Kwara State workers were paid. 

- CAJ News


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