By STELLA UKWUOMA
The Plateau State Governor has said as a means of cutting down cost of governance in the face of recession, local government Councillors would only get per sitting payment.
“Appointed local government Councillors will only be entitled to sitting allowances; they will sit just once in a week and be paid the allowances for that sitting. No more salaries,” the governor stated in Jos.
Governor Simon Lalong disclosed this at an APC stakeholders meeting held in Mangu on Thursday.
The governor ably represented by his deputy, Prof. Sonni Tyoden added that the 17 local governments sacked on June 29 will soon be replaced with interim management committees.
“Much as we want to fill the vacancies, we want to notify you of the change in the status quo which has become necessary to enable us cope with the current realities.
“The old order where each ward produced a Councillor has equally been changed.
“For Mangu Local Government, for instance, one ward will produce the chairman and another one will produce the secretary. Each of the remaining 18 wards will present a Councillor.
“Already, the chairmanship has been zoned to Gindiri ward, while the secretary is to come from Tim ward. The other wards will produce Councillors that will meet once in a week and will be paid allowances for those days they meet only” he further explained.
According to Lalong, degree certificate is a requisite for those to be appointed chairmen and secretaries while Senior Secondary School Certificate will suffice for intending Councillors.
Lalong’s decision was commended by Mr. Sumaila Makama, Gindiri Ward, who spoke on behalf of the stakeholders.
“The times are hard and these tough measures are inevitable and commendable” he said.
Meanwhile, there are reports that the sacked Councillors are owed six months salaries and allowances.