The Oyo State government yesterday said it has disbursed over N13 billion to settle five-month salaries owed local government workers, primary school teachers as well as pensioners.
Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters Mr. Bimbo Kolade spoke in Ibadan, the state capital, on disbursement of the fund.
The commissioner said the money comprised a share of the Paris Club loan refund and allocations for April, May and June for local governments.
Kolade said the N13,739,592,266.24 included the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) funds, adding that N3,088,014,271.45 was released for April, N3,396,208,585.99 for May and N5,255,369,408.80 billion for June.
The commissioner said N2 billion was released for local government workers’ and pensioners’ welfare by Governor Abiola Ajimobi from the second tranche of N7.9 billion Paris Club loans refund.
He urged caretaker chairmen to be prudent with the fund, adding that an average of two-month outstanding salaries of 15 local government areas would be offset.
Kolade cautioned the chairmen against bloated workforce, saying this will make it difficult for them to meet their wage bill promptly.
The commissioner advised them to limit their ad hoc workers to only those they can afford to pay.