By Joy Odigie
Benin – The Edo Joint Account and Allocation Committee (JAAC) says total actual from both internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and Federation Account to the 18 local governments in the state in March was N2.1 billion.
Mr Akeens Ade-Akhani, the Head of Administration at Owan East Local Government, disclosed this at the end of JAAC meeting at Government House in Benin on Friday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the committee declared N1. 89 billion as total accrual to the 18 local governments in the state in February.
Ade-Akhani attributed the increase of about N21 million in March to the introduction of an electronic method of revenue collection in some local governments in the state.
He said that about N15 million and N7 million were collected as revenue by Oredo and Egor Local Government, respectively, with help of the electronic method between March 22 and May 11.
He said that the N1.36 billion collected in March was used for mandatory expenditures like payment of primary school teachers’ salaries, five per cent to traditional rulers and one per cent as training fund.
Ade-Akhani said that the N748 million was used for salaries of local government staff.
He said that the Gov. Godwin Obaseki had advised heads of the various councils to ensure that they collaborated with the state government to tackle the security challenges in the State.