Ex councilors in Niger cry out over unpaid allowances


Elected local government councillors, who served between 2008 and 2014 in Niger, are crying out over unpaid allowances.
The chairman of the ex-councillors forum in Niger, Mal. Aliyu Abdulmalik, who disclosed this on Wednesday in an exclusive interview said their outstanding entitlements comprised furniture allowance and severance package‎.
“Our furniture allowance which was supposed to have been paid few months into office and severance immediately after office are yet to be paid.
“It could be that the past administration lacked the political will or just refused to pay our entitlements.
“It is a constitutional provision and we have done everything humanly possible to see that these allowances are paid but to no avail,”
Abdulmalik‎ called on the state government to come to their rescue as some of his members are finding it difficult to survive.
“Some of our colleagues are finding it hard to survive because they thought immediately they left office these monies would be paid to enable them start one thing or the other‎.
“But unfortunately the state government is still owing each of the 274 ex-councillors N1.7 million‎ years after leaving office,” he added
He also said that the ex councillors had sought the intervention of the legislative ar‎m in the matter.
On whether the forum would resort to legal action‎ if the monies are not paid, he said it was a possibility.
“Well, we can go to court because there was a set that went to court and the government was compelled to pay.
“But we don’t want to go to court because we want to see how far we can go in pressuring the state government‎,” he added.
There are 274 wards in Niger State. (NAN)