Reading the letter addressed to the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam by the state helmsman, where the need for the caretaker executive secretaries to proceed with a view to superintending payment of workers’ salaries before the eid l Kabir Muslim festival was canvassed for, the parliament’s primal inter pares observed that the extension, according to the governor would be halted immediately after the creation of the new local governments.
Speaker Salaam then asserted that the consideration to make the Muslim festival joyous for the local government workers who should get their salaries before the eid l Kabir was a genuine reason to accede to the request of the governor.
According to him: “Changing of signatures and bank processes could constitute a justifiable long process that could delay the workers’ pay, but with the extension of the local government interim management committees, the payment could be effected on time. And we shall still stand on the last screening exercise.
However, the governor has expressed his optimism to create more local governments before this year runs out, and immediately after the creation of new councils, the interim committees would cease to function.”
The Speaker then charged the executive secretaries not to embark on projects that would be abandoned, insisting that the parliament through its oversight functions would be watching the councils with eagle eye.
Goke Butika Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker