The Forum of Local Government Legislative Leaders in Plateau State is seeking explanation for the delay in payment of their entitlement, six months after they assumed office. Chairman of the forum Gajere Clement who is also the Legislative Leader of Jos South LGA made the forum’s decision known when he led other members on a visit to the commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy affairs, John Dadut.
Gajere said as elected leaders of their various local government and grassroots politicians, there is more expectation from them from their constituents which for now they cannot meet due to the prevailing situation. He further said they are passing through a lot of difficulties as a result of nonpayment of their entitlements, stressing that they cannot give quality representation without being paid for such a long period of time, he then applauded what he termed the humility of the Commissioner who received them even without an appointment.
Responding to issues raised in the forum, the Commissioner John Dadut said the matter has been discussed thoroughly with all Local Government Chairmen, as the available the existing Local Government laws which contains details of their salaries is accessible to all their Council Chairmen.
Dadut attributed the delay in the payment of their salaries to the delay in the submission of the comprehensive list of elected and appointed Local Government political office holders and that the Bio-Metric Data capturing is another factor that cause the delay in the payment of their entitlement and assured that by the end of September the process will be over.
12 out of the 15 elected Leaders took part in the visit