Kogi to pay council workers based on federal allocation
KOGI State Government has indicated that payment of salaries to local government workers and teachers in the state would henceforth be predicated on the allocation received from the federation account.
State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq Ainoko said the issues that led to percentage payment of salaries since the implementation of the national minimum wage at LGAs was caused by the dwindling allocation from the federal account.
Meanwhile, the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rose from a meeting on Wednesday urging the Kogi State governor, Idris Wada, to be ready to face other aspirants on a primary election next month as the party had cancelled the tradition of granting right of first refusal to incumbent governors.
PDP National Organising Secretary, Abubakar Mustapha, who briefed journalists on the outcome of the NWC meeting at the party’s national secretariat said urged all aspirants to conduct themselves in a well organised and disciplined manner during the processes leading to the September 10 governorship primaries in the state.
Timetable for the primary election as released the party stayed that sale and return of nomination forms will be between August 17 and 24 while screening of gubernatorial aspirants would be August 27. Screening appeal was slated to take place on August 29.
In another development, former governor of the state Prince Abubakar Audu has alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state of sponsoring about 15 aspirants with N10 million each to picked the All Progressives Congress (APC) intent and nomination forms so as to act as spoilers for him at the party’s primary election in two weeks.
At the last count, 27 aspirants had picked the forms at the APC secretariat with the party richer by N137 million.
Audu, who was reacting to the high number of aspirants, 26, with him making 27, jostling for one APC ticket, however, said he was sure to weather the storm. He added that the more the merrier.
In his words, “For me there is no single storm. That is the gimmick of the PDP they joined our party last week and by Monday they were at the secretariat to pick the form.