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Edo council boss denies owing workers 15-month salary arrears

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By Francis Ogbuagu, Benin City

The chairman of the Orhiomwon local government council of Edo state, Hon Sylvester Okoro, has debunked the rumour making the rounds that the council was owing it’s staff about 15 month salary in arrears.

Recall that an online video had gone viral early January alleging that the council was owing workers 15-month salary arrears and that the embattled council workers did not want to talk to press over their plight for fear of victimisation.

Speaking with our correspondents via telephone, the LG boss said his administration inherited eighteen months salary arrears from the previous administrations. He, however, pointed accusing fingers to his political foes, angling to take over from him.

According to him, the people behind the video are those in opposition party trying to take over from him and they should be reminded that it is not how to play politics. “I am happy that the person, who did  the video mentioned that the problem started from the administration of Adams Oshiomhole to the administration of Godwin Obaseki.

“We are not owing fifteen months salary arrears in Orhiomwon local government. It is the opposition party that is plotting to take over in the council. I have been telling people that I inherited this problem. In fact, I inherited eighteen months salary arrears from my predecessors,” he concluded.  

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