The Kwara State government has recorded an increase of about N129 million above the salary commitments for 2014 and 2015, in spite of the financial challenges and consistent drop in federal allocations.
According to the figures released by the Director-General, Kwara State Bureau of Statistics, Nasiru Ibrahim, from 2014 to last year, more than half of the staff on pay roll in the core service enjoyed promotion, while pensioners increased by at least three hundred every year.
According to him, a total of 2,715 officers in the core service enjoyed promotion, bringing the total monthly increase in salary for the two years from that source alone to N10.72 million.
Giving a further breakdown, Ibrahim disclosed that in 2014, a total of 1,298 officers were promoted resulting in additional monthly and annual financial commitment of N4.95 million and N59.36 million respectively.
While in last year’s, another set of 1,417 officers were promoted with a monthly increase in salary of N5.77 million and an annual increase of N69.19 million in that year.
This resulted in a total increase of N128.558 million above the salary commitment for both years.
However, despite the financial challenges in the last two to three years, Ibrahim noted that the State government had never failed to achieve both the payment of salaries and pensions in the last five years.
He, therefore, commended the state government’s consistent commitment to its workforce in spite of the significant drop in allocations.