By Austin Ogwuda
ASABAâ€”FOLLOWING the inability of majority of 25 existing local government councils in Delta State to stay afloat, especially in meeting up with teachersâ€™ salaries, the state government has decided to give N274 million as life line to the councils every month until the situation improves.
Receiving the National President of the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Comrade Kingsley Ogba, on courtesy visit to his office in Asaba yesterday, the state Deputy Governor, Prof. Amos Utuama (SAN),Â said â€œwe know that the present federal allocation formula is faulty.
â€œIt has not taken sufficient care of primary school teachersâ€™ salary, which is a big burden on the present local government system.
â€œIn Delta State, we have decided not to wait for that formula to be adjusted appropriately â€¦in recognition of the importance of local government, we have been disbursing to the local governments N274 million every month.
â€œThis we will continue to do until the local governments are strong enough to stand on their own.â€
Prof.Â UtuamaÂ described local government administration in the country as critical and strategic to the delivery of services by government to the people, noting that â€œthe local councils are very important organs of government because they are the closest to the people and delivery of services to our people can only be effective as the strength of the local government.
â€œThis is one of the key reasons this government has always identified with the local government and will do everything possible to strengthen and mature the local governments in Delta State.â€
The NULGE boss, Comrade Ogba, who described the administration of Uduaghan as the best NULGE friendly state in the South-South, announcedÂ that the union would in the next four months be conferring an award on the governor for his outstanding assistance to the union.