KWSG Records Increase of N128.5m In Salary, Pension Commitments In 2 Years
In spite of the financial challenges and consistent drop in federal allocations, Kwara State government recorded an increase of about N129 million above the salary commitments for 2014 and 2015.
According to the figures released by the Director-General, Kwara State Bureau of Statistics, Alhaji Nasiru Ibrahim, from 2014 to 2015, more than half of the staff on pay roll in the core service enjoyed promotion while pensioners increased by at least 300 every year, adding a total of N128.558m to salaries and pensions.
Ibrahim noted that a total of 2,715 officers in the core service enjoyed promotion, bringing the total monthly increase in salary for the two years from that source alone to N10.72m.
Giving a further breakdown, Alhaji Ibrahim disclosed that in 2014, a total of 1,298 officers were promoted resulting in additional monthly and annual financial commitment of N4.95m and N59.36m respectively. While in 2015, another set of 1,417 officers were promoted with a monthly increase in salary of N 5.77m and an annual increase of N69.198m in that year. This resulted in a total increase of N128.558m above the salary commitment for both years.
However, despite the financial challenges in the last two to three years, Ibrahim noted that the Kwara state government had never failed to achieve both the payment of salaries and pensions in the last five years.
He, therefore, commended the Kwara state government’s consistent commitment to its workforce in spite of the significant drop in allocations.