Local Government and Chieftaincy

Hon. Regina Ayogor, member representing Yala 1 State Constituency

The House Committee on Local Government, public Service and Chieftaincy Matters Cross River State House of Assembly, has quarried the insurance fee deductions for Cars bought for elected local government officials by the Ministry of Local Government Affairs directly from the joint Allocation Committees Account judging the action as inappropriate.

The Committee’s decision was made known when the chairman, House Committee on Local Government, Public Service and Chieftaincy Matters, Hon. Regina Ayogo when the commissioner for Local Government Affairs appeared before the Committee to offer explanation on some critical issues affecting local government affairs in the State.

On discrepancies associated with the ongoing E-assessment verification exercise for Staff of Local Government and Teachers of State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).

The Committee which is chaired by Hon. Regina Ayogor, member representing Yala 1 State Constituency, said they are anxious to know why fund are deducted directly into the JACK Account; without remittance to the insurance company.

The Non remittance has violated the insurance Agreement thereby not allowing those with accident Cars to be indemnified or carry out minor maintenance on the faulty cars as stated in the terms as agreed.

The office of the commissioner for Local Government to furnished the committee why salaries to staff of Local Government, elected officer in the Third tier and primary school teachers are not serials. Some yet to be paid and some others paid up to January 2017.

The committee among other issues, demanded to know when the allowance of outing elected officer, chairman, vice chairman, councillor will be paid across the eighteen Local Governments in the State considering their time of exit.

The committee however appeal on behalf of the elected officers of Local Governments to be paid their wardrobe and several allowances before leaving office to avoid the anticipated pressure that may arise later.

Responding to the allegation before the House of Assembly, the commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Hon. John Ulafor stressed that the ongoing verification exercise for teachers and staff of the eighteen Local Governments in the state is succeeding.

Ulafor, said the exercise has reduced the salary bill of teachers and Local Government in the state from 2.3 billion plus to 1.7 billion currently.

The commissioner explained that what prompted the exercise was the issue of death staff from exercise was the issue of death staff from local Governments and teachers whom the salaries have never been relation to the treasury by their operatives.

Ulafor, expresses disappointment on the attitude of directors of finances who have at the times been faulted at their accounting ethics.

The commissioner said the exercise Hs broken the cabal of money collection by officers who seat in their offices, to redo salaries payroll and the monies not paid will be considered on unclaimed into their personal pockets.

He assured the house of assembly that what the ministry is doing is for that interest of the state; however there is money to pay salaries of local governments and teachers in the state.

Ulafor re-teraled that salaries have been paid up to October, 2016 and there is money in the account now to pay November and December, 2016.

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