Kwara Government Uncovers Illegal Salary Payment To 48 Disengaged Teachers

Kwara state government has uncovers illegal salary payment to 48 disengaged teachers sunset teachers for March 2021, Wikirise learnt. Receiving the report of the committee that investigated the act, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq said appropriate actions would be taken against anyone found culpable in the heist.

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The Governor had set up a three-person committee to probe revelations that some of the teachers disengaged in December 2020 were paid in March.

The panel comprised two lawyers Saka Razaq (chairman); Murtala Sambo and one Mrs Adenike Ojo.

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The Governor insisted the “integrity of the payroll of the state government is very important to us.

“A situation where people will upload names that are not supposed to be on the payroll will not be tolerated by the state government.

“That’s why we set up the committee to look into it, find the culprits, and recommend solutions to it.

“Let me appreciate your work. It is straight, fast and voluminous. Government will look into it and take appropriate action.”

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According to THE NATION, Razaq said the committee was inaugurated on the 30th of April, 2021 to consider the circumstances surrounding the infiltration of 48 disengaged SUBEB sunset staff into the March 2021 payroll.

He added that “we invited all the departments involved (their heads and members).

“We asked them to put their defence in writing and we invited them for oral cross examination and presentation.

“In our cross-examination, we examined them based on the document submitted. We even engaged forensic experts in order to detect some things. We have now come up with our findings and recommendations.”

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The committee’s report confirmed the unlawful inclusion of 48 names of sunset teachers into the March payroll and recommended that queries be issued to some officers involved in the preparation of the payroll, a rejig of the office of Accountant General, and refund of the amount involved by the consultant that paid the money, while the government takes steps to avoid a repeat of the ugly development.

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