Abuja - The Kwara State Government has
dismissed media reports linking Senate President, Bukola Saraki, with the
salary crises in state-owned Colleges of Education.
The State Government described the report as "false" and "unfounded."
Muyideen Akorede, the State Government spokesperson, dissociated the Senate President
from the salary arrears at the affected institutions and restated that Saraki
neither controlled nor interfered with the management of state government funds
He challenged anyone with contrary proof to publish it.
Akorede blamed the State Government inability to pay
subventions to the affected tertiary institutions on the drop in monthly
federal allocations to the state from N3,2 billion to N1,8 billion.
He added that N1,7 billion of the amount goes towards the
payment of secondary school teachers, civil servants, pensions and gratuity per
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He added that the remainder was inadequate to cover the
N500 million monthly subventions to parastatals, including revenue-generating
Akorede said the government was therefore forced to
suspend the payment of subventions to parastatals.
It was expecting tertiary institutions and other
revenue-generating agencies to pay workers from their internally-generated
revenue in view of the huge drop in monthly federal allocation to the state.
Akorede emphasised that the N4,3 billion Federal
Government bail out to the state was used to clear the two months' arrears owed
to state civil servants in August.
He explained that the Federal Government was yet to
release the bail out component for the payment of subvention to the tertiary
institutions and other parastatals in the state.
The state government meanwhile denied cutting salaries at
the Colleges of Education by 30 per cent.
Akorede clarified that the state government was
financially-constrained to implement only 70 per cent of the Consolidated
Tertiary Education and Institution Salary Structure.
- CAJ News