There are strong indications that Nasarawa State may not meet the stringent conditions for the new proposed bailout being offered by the Federal Government.
It will be recalled that last year the state got its share of the first phase of the Federal Government’s bailout of N8.9bn to settle arrears of salary owed civil servants.
The Federal Government had recently proposed N90bn bailout to states with some strict conditions to enable them attend to their financial obligations.
It was learnt that Nasarawa might not be able to access the current bailout due to the inability of the administration to meet up with some of the conditions given like publishing of its statement of accounts within the specified period. It was also learnt that the state government has yet to pay May salary to civil servants just as doctors, primary school teachers and judiciary workers had since embarked on an indefinite strike over the non-payment of their entitlements. Judiciary workers, however, suspended their strike recently to enable some of their members to access April salary.
Efforts to get the state Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Donmic Bako, to comment on the issue proved difficult as calls put across to his mobile phone were not answered. He, however, said he was in a meeting when a text message demanding some explanations on the issue was sent to him.