Transparency, they say, is the hallmark of governance. It was an interesting moment today in a meeting with the Ilorin West Local Government Chairman and other executives of the council. The purpose of the meeting, according to the chairman, was to involve all stakeholders within the LGA in the process of determining how a month salary would be paid to the staff of the LG. This act is probably necessitated by the circumstances that surround the inability of virtually all the 16 state councils to promptly pay salaries of their workers and directive of Governor Ahmed of Kwara State that the payment should be made transparent; vis-à-vis the reactions of the workers which often bring disrepute not only to the council chairmen but the state in its entirety.

After critical analyses, examinations, arguments and counter arguments; it was unanimously agreed upon that a full month’s salary should be paid (not through the banks) while the month of February’s 35 % outstanding should remain as it is.
In the meeting, the council chairman, Alh. Zulu Oloje, promised to always extend invitation to concerned and interested stakeholders (members of the opposition parties inclusive) within the LG to sit with the council in the process of analyzing and disbursing monthly allocation to ensure transparency; as today’s meeting included executives of the council, some APC executives in Ilorin West, market women, pressmen, etc.
The breakdown of the month of July’s allocation, which shall be used to pay the month of March’s salary is as follow:

Amount released to the LG (from FAC/Jack) for the month of July
=N71, 995, 516.01

Expenditure for the month of July

Salary (pensioners inclusive)
=N61, 035, 633.43


=N3, 748, 000.00

– Vigilante =N569, 000. 00
– Adult instructor
=N90, 000, 00

– NYSC… =N892, 000.00

– Traditional Council
=N782, 000.00

– Legislative votes
=N1, 000, 000.00

– Council impress
=N1, 545, 000.00

Total=N69, 661633.43

The list of some of those who were present at the meeting are as follows:
1. Alhaj Tajudeen Zulu Oloje (The Executive Chairman)

2. Hajia Omodara A. Aminat……. Vice-Chairman

3. Hajia Sekinat T. Abubakar…. LG Secretary

4. Alh. Nurudeen Ibrahim ….. DPM
5. Hon. Abdulraheem Azeez Bolaji ….. Speaker, Ilorin West LG Legislative Council

6. Hon. Abdulkareem Isisaka Adisa….. Super for Agriculture & Natural Resources

7. Hajia Khadijat B. Lambe…… Super for Education

8. Hon. Hakeem Salman Gesua …… Super for Finance

9. Hon. Abdulkadir B. Oba Aluko …. Super for Special Duties

10. Hon. Saliu Bilewu …… Super for Works

11. Alh. Yahaya Ibn Yusuf .. LG Treasurer

12. Alh. Fatai Onagun …… Ilorin West NULGE Chairman

13 Hajia Fatimah Muhammed …… Ilorin West NULGE Secretary

14. Hajia Adenike Abdulkareem Lambe,

Iyaloja (General)

15 Comrade Abdullateef Ishowo
Social Affairs Analyst

16. Alh. S.B. Olanrewaju …….. APC Chairman, Ilorin West

17. Sulyman Onikijipa ……… APC Chairman, Ojuekun/Sarumi ward

18. Gegele Dayo …………. DG Kwara Youth Action

19. Alh. Kabir Omodara …. APC Party Secretary, Ilorin West LG

20. Abdulkadir Oba Aluko ……
APC State Youth Leader

Thank you.