28th November, 2021
Borno State governor, Babagana Zulum has revealed that babies, fake employees were uncovered in the payroll of Shani Local Government Area during an employee verification exercise.
Zulum said this on Saturday at the Menwara Cultural Festival in Shani Town, noting that the funds paid to these fake officials and babies were siphoned by corrupt officials.
He said the verification exercise was meant to sanitize the civil service by removing phony employees from the payrolls while those against it staged a protest.
“Let me inform you that in the end of the verification exercise, names of babies were found in the payrolls while N19 million was paid to fake employees in Shani Local Government Area monthly. It was discovered that one family alone has 300 fake employees and if this trend continues, I am afraid, Shani LGA may not be able to pay the monthly salaries of its employees, in the future,” the governor said.
The governor revealed that he has held a meeting with the Emir of Shani, Alhaji Muhammad Nasiru Mailafiya and other stakeholders over the protest.
Zulum said he directed the Commissioner of Local Government and Emirate Affairs, Sugum Mai Mele to verify the exercise and reenlist employees with genuine certificates and those erroneously dismissed from service.