Chairman of Mopamuro Local Government Area of Kogi State, Mr. Folorunsho Daniyan, has decried the 40 per cent deduction from local government allocation by the government for the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).
Mr. Daniyan, who spoke in Lokoja, said the deduction is hindering the smooth running of the local government.
He said currently, councils are grappling with half salary payment, while “SUBEB has more than it needs for the payment of salary of primary school teachers under them”.
Daniyan said contrary to speculation in some quarters, the inability of councils to pay full salary to their staff has nothing to do with the state government.
He said the problem is caused by the dwindling allocation from the federal account and the 40 per cent deduction for SUBEB.
“Teachers under my local government are not up to 500, yet they deduct the same 40 per cent from my allocation with other local governments that have close to 100 primary teachers; that is unfair. Let me illustrate further. The allocation that came to my local government in January was N65 million. My staff salary is N65.500 million. How can I pay full salary when SUBEB will also take 40 per cent of the allocation,” he said.
He urged the state House of Assembly to revisit the SUBEB Act so that funds can be deducted according to the number of primary school teachers instead of the 40 per cent flat rate deducted from each council.