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LogoDaily Independent Online.         * Tuesday, April 8, 2003.

Delta approves N1b for SPEB jobs


By Tunke-Aye Bisina

Daily Independent, Lagos


The Delta State Government has approved the payment of N1 billion to contractors who executed jobs for the State Primary Education Board (SPEB). The total debt owed the contractors is more than N7 billion.

The government has also approved the sum of about N390 million for the payment of promotion arrears and Leave Transport Grant (LTG) for primary school teachers who have been on strike in the state.

 Information Commissioner, Chief Judith Enamuotor, drop this hint    yesterday after the state executive council meeting in Asaba.

She explained, that the state executive approved the release of N500 million to SPEC for immediate payment of the contractors, adding that the balance N500 million would be released to a seven man committee to settle the contractors.

According to her, the debt would be paid based on the period contractors submitted their certificates of job completion, noting that it would be in the basis of first to complete, firs to be paid.

The debt she said were owed by the federal government, but that the state government decided to off-set them as a demonstration of the commitment to social responsibility to its citizens and also to alleviate the suffering of the contractors.

Government, she also disclosed has released N107 million for the payment of promotions arrears to primary school teachers in the state, adding hat another N283 million had been approved for the payment of the teachers 2001-2002 leave transport grant.

Enaumotor called on the state wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) to reciprocate government’s gesture by setting-off the over six weeks old strike, stating that government has met all the union’s demands.





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