Kwara State Community and Social Development Agency -NG CARES (KWCSDA-NG CARES) has sets straight wrong and misleading information about the agency that the state government owing workers of the agency six months salary.
This was contained in a statement signed and made available to newsmen in Ilorin on Monday by the agency press secretary, Olufunke Olorunisola said the state government does not owe any of its workers seconded to the agency salary.
The statement further ssid It is important to note that the NG-CARES programme, for which KWCSDA is a Federal Government / World Bank intervention project covering all the 36 states and FCT.
Kwara State government has made all the necessary investments to qualify for the programme as all personnel engaged for the purpose of NG-CARES programmes are ad-hoc staff whose payments are tied to the FG/World Bank disbursements for the programme.
The statement also disclosed that the workers under such arrangement nationwide are to be paid when fund is released by the FG/World Bank, adding that to date no worker under this arrangement has been paid anywhere in the country since the fund has not been release from the FG/World Bank.
“It is therefore, mischievous for anyone to claim that the state government has not paid its workers at KWCSDA, pointing out that no state government civil servant seconded to KWCSDA is being owed a kobo.
Similarly, the NG-CARES programme does not require payment of counterpart funds as the Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) that requires Government Counterpart funding has closed since June 2021.
The issue of staff not being paid their 17 months salaries as a result of non-payment of Government Counterpart fund is the figment of the imagination of the faceless writers.
The award recently received by the Agency was possible as a result of the tremendous support received from the administration of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq when he released N60million as counterpart fund for the old programme in October, 2019.
Besides, it is worthy of note that Kwara state government was the first state in the country to release N76million for the commencement of NG-CARES programme.
The statement added that it enabled the agency to intervene in five communities with 16 ongoing Micro-projects in the areas of Water, VIP toilets and Community Health centers across the 3 Senatorial districts of the state.
The KWCSDA -NG-CARES however, grateful to His Excellency, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq for his continuous support to the agency and his great development strides in kwara state.
“We urged members of the public to disregard the mischievous write up that accusing the state government of not paying KWCSDA workers.