Benue to computerise local governments staff salary system




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MAKURDI – to Gov. Gabriel Suswam of Benue on Bureau for Local Governments and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Solomon Wombo, councils’ salary system would be computerised in May.

Wombo made revelation while fielding question with newsmen on Friday in Makurdi.

He said the computerisation was aimed at tackling the reoccurring incident of ghost workers within the state’ local governments’ administration.

Wombo restated the automation of the councils payroll would go a long way in tackling all forms of manipulations of vouchers.

He also decried the steady decrease in the federal allocation to the state, adding had negatively affected government activities.

“This is so because the state is largely dependent on the federal allocation as a result of underdevelopment of its sources.

“However, this is not peculiar to our own state, many states are affected,” he said.

He emphasised that the dwindling allocation made impossible for the state to implement the N18, 000 National Minimum Wage, especially for primary school teachers.

Wombo said that primary school teachers wage bill stood at N2.2 billion, while local government staff wage bill is currently N1.9 billion.

He added that the funds the bureau got per month was far below the monthly bills of the entire local government staff.

“The strategy adopted by Gov. Gabriel Suswam to teachers minimum wage was the best because that is the only possible alternative,” he said.

According to him, the governor said he would reduce the salaries of workers from grade level 7 and above by seven per cent and that of his and his appointees by 25 per cent.

He advised workers to come to terms with what the governor had said so as to enable the state government teachers their minimum wage.

“When the governor graciously increased the salaries of workers from grade level seven and above immediately he came on board, nobody questioned his authority.

“Now that he intends to reduce their salaries by insignificant amounts there are uproars left, right and centre.

“He intends to do that not for selfish motives but to enable him to teachers their minimum wage without pulling the state beyond its financial elasticity,” he said.

He disclosed that the walk on the governor by Benue workers on May Day was politically motivated and aimed at scoring cheap points. (NAN)