Niger State Authorities has hinged the delay within the fee of June, 2020 salaries of employees to discovery of over N672 million month-to-month fee to ghost employees and several other hundreds of thousands of Naira to fictitious wage earners in its payroll.
The State Chairman Wage Administration Committee and Commissioner for Works and Infrastructural Growth, Engr. Ibrahim Panti acknowledged this in Minna whereas explaining the delay within the fee of salaries for the month of June.
Decrying the excessive stage of corruption within the state civil service, Panti revealed that 98% of allocation goes into wage fee and leaving virtually nothing for the Authorities to hold out developmental initiatives.
He defined that to be able to deal with the scenario, the state Authorities determined to conduct a screening train on the civil servants.
The Administration Committee chairman, nevertheless disclosed that throughout the screening train, 30% of every body of workers invited for the screening by no means turned up, noting that amongst people who got here, some have been caught with faux certificates.
Based on him, “for instance, out of 1,000 invited between 600 and 700 got here for the precise screening. Out of 1,451 individuals screened, 461 is on maintain, 21 of them have been retirees and rejected whereas 259 didn’t seem for the train”.
The commissioner defined that earlier than the train, the committee was offered with a determine of 36, 000 as the whole variety of the states’ workforce, however throughout the screening it got here right down to 27,000 and later to 25,000.
He mentioned,” We later found completely different serial numbers with the identical BVN, repeated names with completely different financial institution accounts and fictitious allowances and salaries.”
Panti additionally assured that these discovered wanting can be handled in line with the civil service guidelines and rules as acceptable suggestions can be made to the federal government in its report on monetary misappropriation of public funds.
Panti revealed that regardless of threats from some quarters concerning the train, the committee wouldn’t be deterred from discharging its responsibility to the state.
He added, ” A few of these concerned have run to conventional rulers for intervention, resort to blackmail. However, we’ll preserve our stand by making certain that the perpetrators, regardless of their positions in addition to their collaborators are fished out soonest for prosecution accordingly.”