Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum has approved the release of Seven Hundred Million Naira (N700m) for the payment of 2022 leave grants to local government workers across the State.
Commissioner for Local Governments and Emirates Affairs, Sugun Mai Mele disclosed this to journalists on Monday in Maiduguri.
The Commissioner said the payment had already been made into the accounts of all the 27 Local Government Areas.
He also said, the Governor ordered the release with stringent warning that for no reason should the money be diverted for any project other than payment of the leave grants.
While stressing that his ministry will take punitive actions against officials of any local government area who fail to pay the leave grants by using the funds for something else, Mai Mele called for greater dedication to duty by Local Government workers.
The Commissioner said that the ministry had already directed the Local Governments via a circular to pay digitally and not on the table.
Aside the leave grants, Sugun Mai Mele added that after completion of the ongoing computations and ground works, payment for the outstanding gratituies for 2022 will also be announced very soon.
The commissioner recalled that since assumption of office, Zulum has made severe and sustained efforts towards re-establishing civil authority in the local government areas.
He said Governor Zulum sustained the constant payment of state and local governments’ staff salaries and pensions at the end of every month.
Sugun Mai Mele conveyed Zulum’s gratitude to the leadership of the Nigerian Union of local government employees (NULGE), the Nigerian Union of Teachers and all other unions for their support for his administration.
He solicited workers’ continued support to the Zulum’s adminstration as they have always done.