By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa— Chairman of Southern-Ijaw Local Government in Bayelsa State, Chief Tiwe Orunimighe, has called on the Federal Government to increase the federal allocation to the third tier of government to enable them embark on capital projects.
Orunimighe, who made the appeal at Oporoma, headquarters of the council, during the monthly media briefing, noted with regret that a major percentage of the current allocation to his council was gulped by recurrent expenditure.
He said the council received about N189 million from the federation account for May, 2012, adding that staff salaries alone gulped about N73 million for the month while N3 million was used to service tax.
The council, he added, contributes 30 per cent for the payment of teachers in the council, while the state government contributes 70 per cent for teachers’ salaries out of its monthly allocation.
The lean allocation to the council notwithstanding, the chairman said he was able to channel about N40m to capital projects for the month in the 17 wards in the council.