Senate President absolved from Kwara education crisis

kwara_logo-300x293By AUGUSTINE OSAYANDE
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Kwara State Government has dismissed media reports linking Senate President, Bukola Saraki, with the salary crises in state-owned Colleges of Education.

The State Government described the report as “false” and “unfounded.”

Muyideen Akorede, the State Government spokesperson, dissociated the Senate President from the salary arrears at the affected institutions and restated that Saraki neither controlled nor interfered with the management of state government funds or. institutions.

He challenged anyone with contrary proof to publish it.

Akorede blamed the State Government inability to pay subventions to the affected tertiary institutions on the drop in monthly federal allocations to the state from N3,2 billion to N1,8 billion.

He added that N1,7 billion of the amount goes towards the payment of secondary school teachers, civil servants, pensions and gratuity per month.

He added that the remainder was inadequate to cover the N500 million monthly subventions to parastatals, including revenue-generating tertiary institutions.

Akorede said the government was therefore forced to suspend the payment of subventions to parastatals.

It was expecting tertiary institutions and other revenue-generating agencies to pay workers from their internally-generated revenue in view of the huge drop in monthly federal allocation to the state.

Akorede emphasised that the N4,3 billion Federal Government bail out to the state was used to clear the two months’ arrears owed to state civil servants in August.

He explained that the Federal Government was yet to release the bail out component for the payment of subvention to the tertiary institutions and other parastatals in the state.

The state government meanwhile denied cutting salaries at the Colleges of Education by 30 per cent.

Akorede clarified that the state government was financially-constrained to implement only 70 per cent of the Consolidated Tertiary Education and Institution Salary Structure.

CAJ News

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