By Faith Awa Maji, Katsina
Katsina State Governor, Malam Umar Dikko Radda, has uncovered fraudulent payment of multiple salaries to some workers at the 34 Local Government Areas.
A source hinted that the Governor spoke at a meeting in Government House on Wednesday with the councils chairmen, heads of local government administration, treasurers and heads of personnel noted that the uncovering of the fraud may not be unconnected with report of an investigative panel on the LGAs earlier raised by the immediate past administration.
“The staff who earn the multiple salaries are shielded by some influential personalities within the structure of the local governments,” the Governor said, adding that government was set to embark on a comprehensive staff audit of the local government councils.
Some other senior government officials who attended the meeting included Deputy Governor, Alhaji Faruq Lawal Jobe, Secretary to the State Government, Abdullahi Garba Faskari, the Chief of Staff, Alhaji Jabiru Tsauri and the Principal Personal Officer to the Governor and Abdullahi Aliyu Turaji.
In apparent confirmation of the report, the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Ibrahim Kaula, in a statement on Thursday said government was set to conduct a ‘manpower audit’ across the 34 local government councils.
“We have received several complaints on the payrolls of our local governments which are very disturbing.
“Hence, we want to sanitise the local government system in our dear state.
“A situation where some fraudulent persons collect more than a salary is worrisome.
“But we are determined to stop such evil practices,” the statement said.