Nigeria: Zamfara govt to prosecute 108 civil servants for receiving double salary in different ministries
London, Dec. 30, 2019 (AltAfrica)-About 108 top civil servants in Zamfara state, Nigeria are to arranged in court for allegedly receiving double salary in different ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) in the state
The Commissioner for Finance, Alhaji Rabi’u Garba, who disclosed this at a press briefing on Sunday in Gusau, Zamfara state capital.
Garba said that the affected workers were discovered during the ongoing investigation of workers’ salary by the state’s ministry of finance.
“The affected workers found collecting more than one salary at different MDAs were among the 4,972 civil servants who were suspended from receiving salary for the month of December 2019 as a result of various irregularities.
“We discovered these irregularities from the payroll of November 2019 salary in the state.
Aside those collecting double salaries, the finance commissioner disclosed that a 119 years old ghost worker who by the records had retired from the Zamfara state civil service has remained on the payroll till date
The fictive centenarian is among 485 workers who were supposed to have gone on retirement but are collecting salaries.
“We have suspended the affected workers from collecting salary until we conclude the investigation,” Garba said.
He said the 108 workers, who were collecting double salary, would be handed over to the state’s ministry of justice for prosecution.
“We also found 109 workers whose official names are different from the names of their salary accounts.
“We discovered irregularities from 1,640 workers whose account numbers are not found in the CBN server,” he said.
“We also suspended the salary of 1,548 workers receiving salary under micro-finance banks because of various irregularities.
“We have directed them to their MDAs for proper clearance,” he added.
According to the commissioner, some of the MDAs involved in the salary irregularities in the state are Abdu Gusau Polytechnic, Talata-Mafara, Arabic and Female Education Boards, Establishment and Hospital Service Management Board.
“We have suspended the directors of finance of all the affected MDAs,” he explained.
He urged the workers in the state to be patient with the state over any inconvenience which the verification exercise might have caused.
Garba said anyone who needed clarification on the matter should visit the state ministry of finance in Gusau.