By Onozure Dania
Teachers in Edo State got N1,108,476,358.72 for their October salaries from the N2, 391,150,633 allocation accrued to the Local Government Areas from the Federation Account, while N244 million was used to pay pensioners, the Joint Account and Allocation Committee, JAAC, has said.
Meanwhile, Edo State Government has outlined strategies to engage the Benin Electricity Distribution Company, BEDC, to ensure stable electricity supply to residents in the state.
Head, Local Government Administration, Uhunmwode Local Government Area, Edo State, Mr. Anthony Eboigbodin, disclosed this at the end of JAAC meeting held at Government House, in Benin City and presided over by Governor Godwin Obaseki.
Eboigbodin said the N2.4 billion allocation accrued to the 18 local government areas in the state from the Federation Account for the month of October, 2017.
According to him, of N2,391,150,633 total allocation to the councils, N1,108,476,358 was set aside for the payment of teachers’ salaries while N244,087,081.04 was used for payment of pension.
He added that the total allocation distributed to the 18 local government councils in the state is 732,850,981.56.
Eboigbodin said other decisions reached at the meeting as directed by the Governor Obaseki were to ensure stable power supply in the state.
He said that a committee to be chaired by the 18 commissioners, assisted by Heads of Local Government Administrations and officials of BEDC, was set up to see to the improvement in electricity supply across the state.
The three intervention areas include communities that have infrastructure for power supply, those with deficient power equipment, which will be fixed and others, who are not connected to the national grid, may have to wait till after the Christmas celebrations.