The Zamfara State authorities has uncovered wage payment-related fraud amounting to N216 million.
In response to the state commissioner for finance, Rabiu Garba Gusau, a 119-year-old man (identify withheld) was additionally found on the federal government’s payroll.
Throughout a information convention on Sunday in Gusau, Rabiu made this revelation whereas giving particulars on the state authorities’s plans to sue about 200 individuals illegally on its payroll who had been gathering month-to-month wage.
The commissioner additionally mentioned he confronted the incumbent deputy governor of the state, Mahdi Ali-Gusau, over allegations on social media that the deputy governor was gathering double wage.
In response to him, the deputy governor denied the speculations and submitted himself for additional scrutiny to show his innocence.
The commissioner, nonetheless, mentioned on additional investigations, it was found that “some directors of finance were involved in the racket of inflating the state workers’ monthly wage bill and pocketing the excess.”
He additionally revealed that the rip-off was extra on the state Well being Service Administration Board, the place investigations allegedly confirmed that some suspended administrators of finance have been fraudulently promoting pretend presents of employment at the price of N250,000 to harmless job seekers.
He added that the state authorities was, to this point, shedding greater than N216m month-to-month to the racketeers.
Ali-Gusau mentioned the state authorities might make use of an extra 8,000 individuals and pay them wage comfortably if monetary loopholes have been blocked.