Lafia, -The Nasarawa State House of Assembly on Wednesday approved N25.75 billion loan requested by the state government for the payment of outstanding staff salaries.
The House passed the resolution after deliberating on a letter presented by the Majority Leader of the House, Alhaji Tanko Tunga (APC-Awe North), on behalf of Gov. Tanko Al-Makura on the floor of the house.
He said that the fund, if accessed from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), would help in the payment of outstanding salaries of civil servants across the state.
“On behalf of Gov. Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State, I want to present this request to the house to enable him to access N25,745,940,824 from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), to settle outstanding salaries.
“Out of this intervention fund, it is expected that the state government will have N12,133,562,520 and the local government areas will take N13,612,378,790 all meant for the payment of outstanding staff salaries.
“I want to call on you to support and approve the requested amount in order to enable the state government access the fund, so as to reduce the plight of our workers,” he said.
The Minority Leader, Mr Mohammed Alkali from PDP-Lafia North, seconded the motion to improve on the standard of living of the people, especially the workers.
“I believe that this bailout fund will completely stop the issue of percentage payment of local government staff salaries and will also improve on their standard of living for the benefit of all,” he said.
He called on the state government to also use the fund for the payment of outstanding entitlements of pensioners across the state.
Also contributing, Mr Kassim Mohammed (APC-Akwanga South) and Alhaji Muluku Ibrahim (PDP-Nassarawa Eggon East), lauded the governor for the initiative.
They, however, called on the government to use the fund for its purpose.
The house unanimously approved the fund to improve on the standard of living of workers for optimal productivity.
The Speaker, Alhaji Ibrahim Balarabe, directed the Clerk of the House to communicate the resolution to the governor for further action. (NAN)