Dead persons still receive salaries in Katsina – C’ttee

Dead persons still draw salaries from local governments and the state universal education board (SUBEB) in Katsina state, a verification committee has revealed.

The committee which verified local government staff and primary school teachers in the state also revealed some sharp practices in the service of both the Council areas and the SUBEB.

Speaking while submitting its report, the chairman of the committee, Usman Mamman Maska said some of the dead persons continued to draw salaries from the two agencies for up to two years.

Maska said the committee used the September 2015 voucher for local government staff in carrying out its assignment and noted that 25,176 staffs were captured while 316 failed to appear before the committee.

He disclosed that out of the 26,280 teachers expected to be captured during the exercise, 280 failed to appear before the committee.

He recommended the removal of rural posting allowances, deployment of local government staff with teaching qualification to school and adopting two-tier payroll system.

Maska lamented that in one of the local governments, there were 15 revenue officers who could not generate enough money to pay the salary of one among them.

Responding, Governor Masari accused the elite for being behind the rot in the local government assuring that his administration would not shirk away from repositioning the system.

A visibly worried governor said he knows of a local government which has 50 drivers but has not even a single serviceable vehicle.

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