LG Arrears: Saraki Fulfils Pledge to Irepodun Workers
Omu-Aran, headquarters of Irepodun Local Government Council of Kwara State was thrown into a jubilant mood on Monday as Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki fulfilled his pledge to help settle salary arrears at the council.
Announcing the payment in Omu-Aran, the Chairman of Irepodun Local Government Council, Mr Muyiwa Oladipo, said the Senate President released N16.9m to the council towards paying the arrears owed its workers.
A clearly elated Oladipo said the Senate President’s gesture will go a long way towards alleviating the challenges faced by Irepodun council workers on account of the arrears which, he emphasized, were caused by a sustained drop in Federal allocation.
The Council chairman commended Dr Saraki for the kind gesture which he described as another evidence of the Senate President’s commitment to alleviating the plight of local government workers and complementing government efforts to uplift the welfare of Kwarans.
It will be recalled that Dr Saraki had last year pledged to assist in settling local government salary arrears, starting with one from each of the three Senatorial districts in the state. Saraki’s gesture, which was applauded by local government workers, their leaders including the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the populace became reality on Monday following the reconciliation of figures by the parties concerned.