Nasarawa Govt Opts for Borrowing to Pay LG Workers, Says Commissioner


Emmanuel Ukumba in Lafia

The Nasarawa State Government has said it has opted to borrow money from commercial banks in order to pay the November salaries of local government workers in the state due to delay in holding the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting.

The state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs,
Haruna Osegba, disclosed this yesterday during the state’s Local Government Joint Account Allocation Committee (JAAC) meeting in Lafia.

According to the commissioner, “the borrowing to pay the local council workers is due to the delay of the monthly allocation to the state from the federal government.”

Osegba said: “The borrowing became imperative due to lack of FACC at the federal level to allocate resources to both the federal, state and local governments for the month of November.
“As a responsible government, we have to look inward to enable us pay our workers, moreso that we are in the Christmas season.”

He further explained that already commercial banks are willing to loan the ministry to enable it pay workers salaries.

“But the ministry has to get approval of the stakeholders before accepting or rejecting the offer from the banks,” he stated.

Osegba therefore concluded that since the meeting has approved the proposal, payment of salaries to local government workers, which will be the same with what they received in October, would commence from Friday, December 8.