The Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) in Adamawa has said local councils in the state have total control of their funds.
The state chairman of NULGE, Hamman-Joda Gatugel disclosed this, Tuesday in Yola.
Gatugel said the state government has neither direct nor indirect access to the local government funds, declaring: “All the 21 local government councils have total control of their funds.”
He said the union had not received any report from the councils indicating that the state government had interfered in the funds, explaining that the only convergence was when the local authorities and state government met during the monthly joint accounts for the statutory deductions which, he said, was clear and understandable.
Gatugel listed the statutory deductions to include state university, training fund, pension board and traditional councils.
The chairman thanked the federal government for introducing the direct local government accounts allocations and the establishment of Nigerian Financial Intelligent Unit (NFIU).
“The direct federal allegations to the local government councils and the establishment of Nigerian Financial Intelligent Unit (NFIU) is assisting a lot in improving the service delivery and living condition of local government workers in the state,” he explained.
He said all outstanding local government workers’ salary and allowances had been settled with a steady monthly salary payment.
He therefore urged the workers to reciprocate the gesture by improving their productivity, loyalty and dedication to service.