- Following investigations into discrepancies and high wage bills in Nasarawa LGAs, 13 directors have been suspended
- It was discovered that though there was no employment or promotion, salaries went from N1.1 billion in 2012 to N1.3 billion in 2020
- The directors' suspension which has been approved by Governor Sule will last for a period of three months
Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa has approved the suspension of directors in the 13 local government areas of the state.
Sule suspended all the Directors of Personnel Management (DPMs) and Directors of Finance and Supplies (DFS) over the inflation of salary figures, according to Channels TV.
This was made known in an announcement by Adamu Shigafarta, the spokesperson of the ministry of local government and chieftaincy affairs on Monday, November 16.
Shigafarta, who said the directive came through the Local Government Service Commission noted that the suspension will last for a period of three months.
According to Shigafarta, the council officials were suspended due to their inability to work with the directive of the government's committee who is investigating discrepancies and high wage bills the local governments incurred.
Shigafarta said local government workers were audited over some abnormalities, adding that the government decided to use April 2012 payment vouchers to get to the root of the fraud.
It was discovered that during the audit, salaries went from N1.1 billion in 2012 to N1.3 billion in 2020 despite the fact that there was no employment or promotion.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Governor Kayode Fayemi-led government in Ekiti state uncovered the payment of N20 million monthly as salary for 362 ghost workers in local governments.
This was disclosed by the commissioner for local government and community development, Prof. Adio Folayan, while presenting a state staff verification committee report to Governor Fayemi in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday, November 3.
The committee was set up by the government to audit the local government staff towards identifying those who are genuine or fake workers.
In a related development, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, a former governor of Ogun state, has emphasised the need for a cut in salaries of political office holders across the country.
The PDP chieftain also revealed that the immediate past governor of the state, Ibikunle Amosun, and the incumbent governor, Dapo Abiodun, have not bought him a car since he left office.
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