The 18 local government councils in Edo state shared N2.95 billion for the month of July as against N2.18 billion disbursed in June by the state’s joint account and allocation committee (JAAC).
Speaking after the monthly meeting of the committee, presided over by the Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, at the Government House in Benin City on Tuesday, the Head of Local Government Administration, Esan South East, Mr. Macauley Ehonor, said the July allocation increased by N770 million over the June allocation.
Ehonor explained that N1.45 billion of the N2. 95 billion July allocation was used for mandatory expenditures such as payment of primary school teachers’ salaries, one per cent training fund, as well as five per cent payment for traditional rulers.
He added that the distributable sum left for the 18 LG councils was put at N1.49 billion, while the Paris Club refund would be used to pay outstanding salaries of workers across the 18 Local Government Councils.
He further said that the electronic collection of taxes, levies and fixed rates in the entire Local Government Areas in the state commenced in July, and urged members of the public to comply with the directive.
Titus Akhigbe, Benin