Exposed: How Ayade paid April and may salary without allocation for April and may

Exposed: How Ayade paid April and may salary without allocation for April and may

It has emerged that Cross River State Government under the leadership of Governor Ben Ayade spent over N4 billion in payment of April and May salaries to local government workers without federal allocation for the corresponding period
The action was in keeping with the policy of the governor for the state to always stand in the gap to enable local councils meet their obligations, including the payment of salaries.

Official government records show that bailouts given to local governments from the state government between 2013 and no stands at N11.4 billion.
So far, local governments have been able to refund only N1.6billion, leaving a balance of N9.6billion which it owes the state.

The break down is as follow:

Details of State Bail out to LGAs:
Dec 2013 – 500m
Feb 2014 – 250m
April 2014 – 200m
Oct 2014 – 58.8m
Oct 2014 – 198m
July 2015 – 2.1bn
Sept 2015 – 474.5m
Oct 2015 – 45m
Oct 2015 – 2.1bn
Nov 2015 – 2.1bn
May 2016 – 300m
May 2016 – 592.4m
June 2016 – 649.7m
Sept 2016 – 700m
April 2017 – 1.03bn
TOTAL = 11.4bn

Repayments
Jan 2014 – 500m
Nov 2017 – 600m
April 2018 – 500m
TOTAL = 1.6bn

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It is clear that without the intervention of Governor Ayade, the 18 councils in the state would have long gone bankrupt and insolvent.

Clearly, the ludicrous claim in the social media about a purported withdrawal of N4 billion from local governments account exist only in the imagination of the writer.

If local governments, which are highly indebted to the state cannot meet their basic obligations including payment of salaries without the intervention of the state government, one wonders how they could have had N4 billion in their accounts fo it to be withdrawn for unknown purposes.

The imaginary withdrawal of N4b from local governments account is wickedness taken too far for a state that just paid salary and pensions for both state and LG less than 2 weeks to election.

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