- A number of people have been collecting salaries on the payroll of the Borno state government without offering any services
- The government said it also discovered babies on the payroll during a verification exercise Shani local government area
- Zulum directed the Commissioner of Local Government and Emirate Affairs, Sugum Mai Mele to verify the exercise
Borno state governor, Babagana Zulum revealed that names of babies in the payroll of that were uncovered during an employee verification exercise in Shani local government area.
Zulum who made this known at the Menwara Cultural Festival in Shani Town on Saturday, November 27, said N19 million was paid to fake employees monthly.
Daily Trust reports that the monthly salaries and allowances paid to fake employees including the babies were reportedly being siphoned by corrupt officials.
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“Let me inform you that in the end of the verification exercise, names of babies were found in the payrolls while N19 million was paid to fake employees in Shani Local Government Area monthly. It was discovered that one family alone has 300 fake employees and if this trend continues, I am afraid, Shani LGA may not be able to pay the monthly salaries of its employees, in the future.”
While noting that the verification exercise is meant to sanitize the civil service, Zulum ordered Sugum Mai Mele the commissioner of local government and emirate affairs to verify the exercise.
Meanwhile, the Borno state governor commissioned 23 government projects, mostly schools and healthcare centre, Vanguard reports.
Zulum on Wednesday, November 24, began commissioning of projects from Bayo.
Malam Isa Gusau, the governor’s spokesman, said Zulum will be commissioning 22 out of many other projects executed by the administration across southern Borno.
Gusau explained that the 22 projects include 13 newly established and rehabilitated secondary and primary schools, 6 primary healthcare centres and three municipal buildings made up of two police stations, a government lodge and a shopping complex.
Zulum disguises, nabs health workers exploiting patients at Borno hospital
In a related development, Zulum, on Thursday, November 4, disguised as a patient to visit some government-owned healthcare facilities in the state.
During the clandestine visit, the governor found out that officials in the facilities collect between N8,000 and N10,000 from patients for services they are meant to receive free of charge.
The governor had summoned the state's commissioner for health, Juliana Bitrus, whom he asked to join him in a 10-seater bus usually used for the airport shuttle.