Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has urged Directors of Personnel Management (DPMs) of the 13 Local Government Areas (LGAs) to prioritize payment of staff salaries.
Sule stated this in Lafia on Monday during his maiden meeting with the DPMs who took over from elected LGA chairmen on May 28, following the expiration of their three-year tenure.
The governor advised the DPMs to be prudent in managing the affairs of their respective local councils in order to be able to offset outstanding pensions and salaries of workers.
He urged the directors to see their new positions as opportunities to contribute towards the development of the third tier of government.
He noted that the DPMs were an integral part of the system and better positioned to ensure the development of the local government.
“Those of you owing two months as well as 22 percent of last month’s salary, should be able to offset the 22 percent from your first savings.
“Those owing only one month can offset from first savings and carryout some projects that will have a direct impact on the community,” Sule said.
Sule also urged the directors to pay the outgone council officials their one-month outstanding salary and warned against victimization.
The governor added that the government had put machinery in place to check abuse of office by the DPMs.