By Chris Nyamtu – Lafia
Nasarawa State Government has uncovered fraud of over six point four billion Naira allegedly perpetrated by accounting officers in the thirteen local councils of the state.
The state government has directed the Directors of Personnel Management and Finance as well as Accountants of all the thirteen local government councils and Development Areas of the state to proceed on a three month suspension.
Commissioner for Local Government, Community Development and Chieftaincy Affairs in the state Mr Yusuf Turaki who disclosed this to Radio Nigeria said the action was to pave way for seamless investigation.
Mr Turaki said preliminary report by a seven man committee set up by Governor Abdullahi Sule to look into the persistent shortfall in salaries of local government workers in the state since 2012 indicates that the directors could not account for over six hundred million Naira excess after payment of monthly salaries for workers since 2012.
He pointed out that as at October 2020, salaries of local government workers stood at seven hundred million Naira as against one point one billion and one point six billion Naira between April 2012 and 2020 eventhough there was no employment of new workers.