By Chinenye Festus:-
Governor Abdulahi Sule of Nasarawa State has approved the immediate suspension of all the Directors of personal management (DPMs ), Director of Finance and Supplies (DFS) in the 13 Local government area in the state as a result of inflation of salary figures.
The suspension was disclosed by the spokesperson of the ministry of local government and chieftaincy affairs Adamu Shigafarta on Monday.
He said the directive came through the Local Government Service Commission and it will last for a period of three months
Shigafarta gave reasons for the suspension as their refusal to work with the committee set up by the government to investigate the disparity and high wages incurred by the local governments.
According to Shigafarta, an audit was carried out in the Local government because of some abnormalities that were noticed. So the state government decided to get to the root of fraud by using April 2012 payment vouchers.
“Local government council salaries in 2012 were N1.1 billion but now without employment and promotions from that period skyrocketed to N1.3 billion.
“The government had directed all councils to pay salaries using the 2012 vouchers but the directors of finance and supplies are said to have had declined which prompted the decision of the government,” Shigafarta added
Facts gathered after the audit showed that the salaries skyrocketed from N1.1billion paid in 2012 to N1.3billion in 2020 despite the fact that there were no employment and promotions.
During the period of the audit, people died, some retired, while others left for greener pastures.
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