By Thompson Yamput
Mangu(Plateau) – The Mangu Local Government Council of Plateau has earmarked the sum of N141 million to settle salary and pension arrears of staff and pensioners from February 2018 to June 2020.
The Executive Chairman of the council, Mr Danat Lawrence, made the pledge during an interview with journalists in Mangu on Thursday.
Danat said that the liabilities totaling N141 million, which would be paid next week, included N133 million pending salaries of teachers and health workers (nurses and midwives) and N18 million pension.
He said that meetings had been held with the leadership of the different workers unions in the council area and modalities had been agreed upon for settlement of the debt.
“This decision came as a result of an agreement reached with a contractor who had garnisheed the Local Government salary account with Zenith Bank Plc.
“The agreement followed an out of Court settlement we recently had with the contractor, ” he said.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a garnishee is a court order for collecting a monetary judgment on behalf of a plaintiff from an institution or person holding money on behalf of the defendant in the suit.
The chairman explained that frantic effort was made by the council leadership through various prominent personalities and stakeholders from the area before the matter was finally resolved with the contractor.
“With this development, the bank is ready to release the February, 2018 statutory allocation from the federation account belonging to the Council for onward payment of the salary arrears before the end of next week,” Danat said.
When contacted, the state Chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Mr, Danjuma Dafwat confirmed the agreement reached with the council for the payment of the liabilities.
Dafwat discribed the authorities’ willingness to settle the outstanding liabilities as “a cheering and welcome development for the council’s workers’’.