- Governor Aminu Tambuwal says some banks alerted the commissioner of local governments about the existence of the unclaimed money
- Tambuwal says recent verification of council staff was aimed at ascertaining genuine workers
- The governor calls on Nigerians to continue to pray for President Muhammadu Buhari's health
Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state has revealed that the state government has recovered more than N278 million paid to ghost workers on the payrolls of local governments in the past four months.
Tambuwal made the disclosure on Sunday, May 14 during a stakeholders meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Premium Times reports that the meeting was held in Gwadabawa local government area.
The governor said the money was paid into ghost workers’ bank accounts but was not claimed from the various financial institution.
“This was sequel to the centralisation of the payment of the salaries of workers of the local governments.
“About two weeks ago, some banks alerted the commissioner of local governments about the existence of the unclaimed money,’’ he said.
According to Tambuwal, the recent verification of council staff was aimed at ascertaining genuine workers.
“The exercise was not aimed at witch hunting anyone but to ascertain the actual workforce and monthly wage bill of the local governments.
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“The money belongs to the central bank of Nigeria and we will support any action to recover it.
“This is to enable other farmers to benefit from the gesture as the money is not a bonanza,'' Tambuwal said.
The governor also called on Nigerians to continue to pray for President Muhammadu Buhari's health as well as peace and unity in the country.
Earlier, NAIJ.com reported that Governor Tambuwal commended the Sokoto state House of Assembly for passing the Right to Education law which sought to provide free and compulsory basic education to children in the state.
In a statement issued on Sunday, April 16, in Sokoto by his spokesman Malam Imam Imam, the governor said the lawmakers deserved special praise considering the diligent manner they committed themselves to the passage of the important legislation.
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