OrderPaperToday – Kwara State House of Assembly has approved the request of the state governor to access a loan of N1.5billion from Sterling Bank Plc to augment the payment of October 2015 salary arrears of councils workers and pensioners, in the 16 Local Government Areas of the state.
The state lawmakers also gave a nod to the State Government to access another loan facility of N1.2billion from the same bank to fund procurement of official vehicles for the State Political and Public office holders to enhance their performance.
The requests were made by the Kwara State Governor AbdulFatah Ahmed in seperate letters addressed to the Speaker Dr. Ali Ahmad two weeks ago.
In deliberations regarding the requests, Leader of the House, Mr. Hassan Oyeleke explained that the approval for the loan facilities became imperative in view of the dwindling revenue allocation from the Federation Account adding that payment of salaries to workers was sacrosanct to make workers perform optimally.
He explained that provision of official vehicles was necessary to enhance the performance of the political and public office holders in the State.
Other lawmakers who contributed to the debate expressed confidence that the loan facility if judiciously used would help to address the on going industrial dispute by teachers at the basic school level.