The authorities of the 18 local government councils in Edo State said it spent the sum of N1.35 billion for the payment of teacher’s salaries, pension, five percent allocation to traditional rulers, training among others in February , 2017.
The spokesperson of the councils, Macaulay Ehonor, Head of Local Government Administration (HOLGA), Esan North-East local government made the disclosure at the end of the Edo State Joint Account and Allocation Committee (JAAC) held at government house in Benin-City.
Ehonor said a total of N1.89 billion accrued to the 18 local government councils for the federation account in the month of February.
He added that the sum of N536 million was however left as balance to be shared as revenue to the councils.
According to him, the sum of N1.89 billion accrued to the 18 local government councils in the state from ERS federation account for the month of February, 2017.
“The sum of N1.35 billion of the amount was used as mandatory expenditure which includes paying of teacher’s salaries, pension, five percent allocation to traditional rulers, training among others.
“The sum of N536 million was left as distributable revenue accruing to the 18 local government areas in the state”, he said.
He also added that 10 of the local governments are still faced with financial challenges to meet with their various financial obligations.
He listed the local governments to include Akoko-Edo, Egor, Esan North-East, Etsako West, Esan West, Ikpoba-Okha, Oredo, Orhionmwon and Ovia North-East.
Ehonor however disclosed that the state governor, Godwin Obaseki had charged the heads of the various councils in the state to put in place measures to boost the internally generated revenue in their various councils.
He explained that the ongoing pilot scheme on the harmonized law on rates and levies in the three Benin metropolitan city was geared boosting the revenue base of local government councils in the state when fully operations across the 18 councils.