Governor Sule Suspends Directors In 13 Local Councils For Inflating Salary Figures

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Governor Sule of has suspended the directors of finance and supplies (DFS) and directors of personnel management (DPMs) for inflating salary figures.

Spokesperson of the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Adamu Shigafarta who disclosed that the directive came the Local Government Service Commission, added that the directors were suspended for three months.

Shigafarta said the Directors were suspended because they refused to work the directive of the committee by the government to investigate the discrepancies and high wage bills incurred by the local governments.

He further revealed that the local government workers were audited over some abnormalities following the decision of the government to use April 2012 payment vouchers to get to the root of the fraud.

He Said;

“Council as at 2012 N1.1 billion, but now that there are employment, promotions, people died, some retired, while others left for greener pasture, from nowhere local government skyrocketed to N1.3 billion monthly.

“That two months ago, the state government constituted a committee headed by the accountant-, auditor-, permanent secretary, three chairmen and the ministry, to look into the problem.

“The committee, after investigation, discovered that after payment of and other entitlements, over N600 million remaining; so they directed local governments to go back and salaries 2012 payment vouchers, but the DFS refused.

“From the ministry they were directed to use 2012 payment vouchers to salaries and if there is any genuine complaint, they be forwarded to the committee for ratification, but they refused; they held payment of salaries to ransom. That was the government directed that they be suspended.”