Ahmed Promises To Use London-Paris Club Refund To Clear Arrears

By Steve Oni, Ilorin
The Kwara state governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, has promised to use the next phase of London-Paris club refund to pay salary and pension arrears.
Ahmed made the promise during this year’s May Day celebration in Ilorin, the state capital.
Represented by the state’s Head of Service, Hajia Sarat Umar, the governor said that “when received, a significant proportion of these interventions will go towards clearing salary and pension arrears, especially at the local government level,” adding, “while we have augmented local government allocations in the past, it is our belief that local governments in the state require significant intervention from the federal government to clear the arrears.
“Having complied with the conditions specified by the federal government for further intervention, I am hopeful that the next tranche of the Paris Club Loan refund will soon be made available to states and local government councils in the country.
“In the interim, I salute you for the commitment and patience in these hard times. Be rest assured that as your governor I will spare no effort to bring this crisis to an end in the shortest possible time”, he said.
Earlier, the state chairman of Trade Union Congress (TUC), Comrade Kolawole Olumoh, had called for the eradication of corruption and injustice in the country.
“There is no way we can build an enduring peace and egalitarian society without making conscious and sincere effort to resolve and eradicate these social menace of corruption, injustice, poor governance, inequality and selfish desire in the scheme of things for our country to move forward.
“Change of orientation of the ruled and the ruler for God to save and protect our given nation is sacrosanct”, he said.
The Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in the state, AbdulYekeen Agunbiade attributed security challenges in the country to age-long interplays in the country’s polity, unemployment and inter-ethnic intolerance.


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