Council boss laments low revenue, non payment of salary


By; Buhari B Bello, Jos.
The management committee Chairman of Kanam Local Government Area of Plateau State, Hon, Isah Salihu has decried low internal income  generation and expressed doubt over sustained payment of workers salary.
He therefore appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Simon Lalong to assist governments in the state as they are currently facing financial difficulties.
He stated this during a chart with Journalist in Jos.
According to him, the salary problem in Kanam, Langtang North and Bassa LGAs need urgent attention “because sometime the councils find it very difficult to pay workers salaries due to low revenue generation”.
According to him, the internally revenue generation at the federal and state has drop drastically with no revenue to service debt
He expressed concern and appeal to the federal government to direct the contractor handling the construction of Junior Girls Government College, Dengi to return to site and complete the abandon project.
“We in the affected local governments particularly Kanam received low income with overblown workforce, however, we urged people to support APC government to deliver dividends of democracy especially to the rural populace”.
Salihu debunked the allegation that some management committee Chairmen are not leaving up to the expectation of their councils.
“We find it very difficult to pay salary while sometime we will be forced to borrow to pay salary which would be deducted from allocation “, he added.
According to him “It is disheartening that when I resume as the management committee Chairman of Kanam LG, I discovered that no vehicle was  on ground even the old ones have been auctioned  including resident of council were vandalize”.
He said the council purchased vehicles which cost over 30 million naira, saying “we have this attitude of vandalising  government properties after leaving office and that had brought a lot of setback to the people of Kanam”.
Salihu said the council residential quarter of the Chairman was renovated to the turn of 4 million naira, noting that I have done more than enough in Kanam with the lean resources we get from the subvension .
He explained further that the main bridge linking Tunga community which is so dire and has direct bearing in the lives of the people was almost 80% completed which was a continuation of the immediate past regime to address the plight of the affected communities.
Salihu decried that Kanam LG has been affected by poor enrollment of girl child and lack of teachers which he embark on assessment tour to call on the state government to come their rescue.
“Mr President has a good intention of rebuilding the losed glory of this country and reduce poverty to the barest minimum but the big problem on ground now is that some cartels working very hard to ensure that they frustrate his efforts” he claimed.


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