Fact Check

Is 100% of monthly allocation of 16 local government areas of Kwara State, north central, Nigeria, used for salary payment?

Story

The Executive Governor of Kwara state, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq made a claim that workers salaries in the 16 local governments of the state, consumed whole monthly federal allocation accrued to councils. He made this claim during a public presentation of Kwara Tracker compendium in December, 2019 and it was reported by Tribune and Dailytrust.

Findings

Matecfact launched an investigation to confirm the veracity of this claim in order to enhance public discourse on the issue. Guardian newspaper of January 6, 2020 and Leadership newspaper of January 7, 2020 published by Federal Allocation Account, FAAC for the Month of November, 2019 and shared in December, 2019 gave 2.5 billion Naira as total allocation for Kwara councils.

Ekiti local government collected the least amount of 113 million Naira while Baruten collected highest amount of 277 million naira. This is followed by Ilorin West 204 million naira.

An official of Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE said that the total staff working at Kwara local government areas are 11,562. According to our research, Ilorin West has the highest number of local government workers and her estimated wage bill is 81 million Naira for local government workers and 28 million Naira for pensioners. Making it a total of 109 million Naira monthly (53.4 %). The local government got 204 million Naira as allocation for the month of November 2019.

At Ilorin South local government area, November 2019  allocation stood at 169 million Naira and the wage bill was 48 million Naira for council workers while her pensioners got 21 million Naira making total of 69 million Naira (40.8%). In the same month under review, Ilorin East LGA got 163 million Naira as allocation. Workers salary was put at 48 million Naira and pensioners entitlement was 26 million naira. Making a total of 74million Naira (45.4%).

Our findings at Irepodun local government revealed 190million Naira as allocation for the month of November, with 47 million naira used for workers’ salary while pensioners gulped 21 million Naira making 68 million naira (35.8%).

In Baruten LGA, the sum of 277 million Naira was allocated for the month under review. Staff salary was 64 million Naira and pension was stood at 25 million Naira making a total of 89million Naira (32.1%).

However our findings revealed that, the number of teachers under the payroll of local government was found to be 23,484, while local government pensioners stands at 12,282.

Our efforts to reach the officials of the local government council to get official figures deductible for SUBEB salary proved abortive. The fact that money used to pay both local government staff salary and pensioners does not correspond with the 100 percent salary claim put serious doubt on the governor’s 100% salary claims.

While the exact figures of all FAAC allocation for workers of State Universal Basic Education Board cannot be ascertained by Matecfact, figures obtained by our team is in variance with the governor’s position that all the FAAC allocation was used in payment of salary.

 

VERDICT

The claim by the Kwara state governor that 100% local government allocation is used for salary is FALSE.