2nd August, 2010
The Fakai Local Government Council in Kebbi, says it has uncovered â€œgrossâ€ misappropriation of funds through the payment ofÂ â€œghostâ€ workers in the past three years.
The sole administrator of the area, Alhaji Kabir Matseri, disclosed this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Mahuta, the councilâ€™s Secretariat, on Monday.
Matseri said the discovery was sequel to a staff audit conducted recently with a view to eliminating the mismanagement of resources.
He said that a committee had been set up to determine the number of â€œghostâ€™â€™ workers and amount misappropriated.
He said the council had devised a mechanism to allocate genuine staff specific schedules to avoid wastage of financial and human resources.
â€œThose who have no business in the running of affairs would be sponsored on training or advised to return to school.
â€œWe discovered suprisingly, that many had good results but failed to proceed for further studies,â€ he said.
Matseri said the audit also revealed that many residents were wrongly placed in the employment register and paid without specific functions.
He commended Gov Saidu Dakingari for opening up the area, the least developed,Â by providing roadsÂ linking it with other parts of the state and country.
He said the council had earmarked N27 million for the renovation of the secretariat, adding:â€we would be able to determine genuine workers and we would not habour indolent and unproductive peopleâ€.
He also thanked the governor for settling the N22 million liability owed by the council and for extending development projects to remote areas.