You Lied Gov. Lalong Is Not Owing Sacked Management Committee Chairmen Any Kobo—Hon. Usman Tells ALGON Chairman, Steve Jings

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Yakubu Busari

The Transition committee Secretary of Jos North local government of Plateau state Hon Shehu Usman, has refuted the report made by the immediate past ALGON, Chairman of Pankshin Local Government Area of Plateau state, Hon Steve Jings that Governor Lalong owed the management committee Chairmen six months salaries before sacking them.

Shehu who advised the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) Chairman, Hon Steve Jings to channel his energy towards influencing more grassroots campaign rather than blaming the governor for their lopsided and selfish agenda of division, “we are responsible to pay ourselves all the salaries and outstanding allowance before our exit in office,” he said.

Hon Shehu Usman told our reporter Steve Jings is blackmailing Lalong, as he asked how then was Wase LGA management committee Chairman was able to settle and clear 90% of all the appointees and their allowances to date, so how is Governor Simon Bako Lalong responsible for payment of management committee chairmen.

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He denied reports in some national dailies that the Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong owes the sacked management committee members of the state in all the 17 Local Government six months’ salaries and allowances.

Usman who was the Organizing Secretary of Plateau Secretaries forum made this known while speaking with our correspondent in Jos.

It would be recalled that an immediate past Management committee chairman of one of the local government who spoke with newsmen recently ,complained that the sacked interim management committee members of the 17 Local Government are being owed   six months salaries and allowances.

Debunking the report, Usman said “Lalong does not owe us any kobo

Gov Lalong is very sensitive to the plight of citizens of the state and our welfare was properly taken care of.

“It is rather unfortunate that some of the dissolved transition committee chairmen would spread this kind of rumours”

“Most of the sacked transition committee chairmen ran their various local government like as if it was their personal business, most of them don’t consult their subordinate before taking any decision affecting their various councils”

“Most local government in the state has the financial muscles to pay themselves salaries; anybody that said that the government of Simon Lalong owes us six months salaries and allowances is being economical with the truth.”

“The dissolved transition committee members should be grateful to Governor Lalong   and (APC) for considering them first for the appointment and for allowing them stay for close to two years in office without interfering in the activities of the local government all through the period of their tenure instead of being economical with the truth”

“Lalong is a leader that has the interest of citizens at heart” he maintained

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