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119-year-old ‘civil servant’ on Zamfara payroll

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Shocking revelations emerged from Zamfara state as government claimed to have discovered a 119-year-old ‘civil servant’ on its payroll earning salary for years.

It also said some unnamed directors were offering fake jobs to willing applicants at N250, 000 per slot.

This is coming as some directors in the Finance Ministry were suspended for alleged sharp practices bordering on salary duplication, with government threatening to charge those involved to court soonest.

Commissioner for Finance Rabi’u Garba Gusau said this while addressing journalists Saturday night in Gusau.

He said his ministry had discovered and suspended salary payments for a sister to a former commissioner in the ministry, as well as salary payments to a 119-year-old civil servant in the state.

He said: “Part of our ministry’s findings is that we discovered that even a 119-year- old civil servant was still on the payroll of the state government for many years which is very unfortunate.

“We also discovered that some suspended directors of finance from the state Health Service Management Board (HSMB) were fraudulently selling out fake offers of employment at the cost of N250, 000 to innocent job seekers, and they will soon be charged to court so as to be deterrent to others,” the commissioner further contended.

On the alleged involvement of the state’s Deputy Governor, Barrister Mahdi Aliyu Gusau, as one of those earning double salaries, he said there was no evidence to that effect.

The commissioner stated that “constructive finding by the ministry identified some unpatriotic staffers as being fully involved in duplicating the name of the deputy governor on the payroll of the state government for their selfish interest.

“In the course of our investigation which was aimed at sanitising the management of our state treasury, we discovered that, some bad eggs amongst our directors of finance have for long embarked upon illegal insertions of fake names into the state government’s payroll.

“I contacted the deputy governor on whether he was aware of the development but denied the allegation, a development which forced our ministry to investigate the matter extensively,” the commissioner also explained.

Prior investigations

The discoveries were a fallout of illegal deductions and other financial malpractices to the tune of over N216 million, from salaries of some 4,972 civil servants on the state’s payroll.

Gusaus had , prior to this time, said 1,643 civil servants account numbers did not exist on the Central Bank Database but, were still paid over N72 million.
He also said 1,548 civil servants whose Micro Finance Bank BVN were not verifiable as directed by the CBN were receiving over N43 million being their salary payments every month.

C’ttee on minimum wage

Meanwhile, Zamfara state Governor Bello Mohammed Mutawalle has constituted a nine-man committee to come up with modalities for the implementation of the new minimum wage of N30, 000 in the state.

A statement by the Press Secretary, Office of Secretary to the State Government(OSSG), Idris Salisu, and made available to Blueprint in Gusau Sunday,  said part of the  committee’s primary assignment was to find out modalities on how the state civil servants would benefit from the new minimum wage.

He said  members of the committee include, Ambassador Bashir Yuguda as chairman, Yawale Dango, permanent secretary, salary and wages, Abubakar Aliyu Maradun, executive chairman,  the state Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB), Ahmed A. Liman, solicitor general/permanent secretary, Ministry of Justice and Kabiru Mohammed Gayari,  permanent secretary, Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning.

Other members of the committee are, Lawali Ibrahim Kaura, permanent secretary, Ministry of Finance, Muhammad Mustapha Maradun, permanent secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, Muhammad Bello Galadima, special adviser to the  governor on labour matters and Haruna Sallau,  permanent secretary, establishment and human resources development as the secretary of the committee.

The statement further said the committee would  partner with the leadership of the organised labour unions in the state in carrying out the assignment.