Ogun LGAs get N3.4bn from FG in August
Ogun government on Wednesday disclosed that a total sum of N3.4bilion allocated to the State Local Government Areas from the Federal Government Allocation has been disbursed to all 20 Councils for the month of August 2021.
Hon. Afolabi Afuape, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, while speaking at the Joint Account Allocation Committee (JAAC) meeting, at Obas Complex, Oke Mosan, said despite the fact that the total first-line charges for the month stood at N4,012,461,700.64, the allocation from the federal government was able to accommodate only some of the statutory allocations with the total sum of N3,386,505,209.38.
According to Afuape, the N3.3b disbursed was for the payment of primary school teachers’ salary, Local Government Staffs’ salary, Pension, Traditional Council and other charges but left with net surplus of N46,988,828.33, which he noted was not enough to pay part of the gross deficit for the month.
He explained further that the gross deficit of the sum of N625,916,491.30 which included, PAYE, Contributory Pension, 5% Bond Pension, Cooperative and Loans would be left unpaid for the meantime, adding that when the allocation improves the Local Government would be able to improve on its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
Responding, Chairman Ijebu-Ode Local Government and the Acting Chairman, Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Emilola-Gazal Babatunde extols Dapo Abiodun-led Administration for its proper overseeing of Local Council, adding that the JAAC meeting has availed them of opportunity to understand what the Federal Allocation involves in a shortwhile.
He however, called for the review of revenue allocations in the country, which he noted should favour the Local Government more since they are the closest to the people.