According to an information revealed by a source close to the firm, Sally Tibbot Consultants, currently conducting a verification of the work force of Niger state, top government officials are paid double salaries while the salaries of junior staff are increased for the selfish purpose of diverting government money.
A messenger at the Ministry of Finance earns a salary of N265,000 per month while a cleaner at General Hospital Minna is paid N375,000 monthly when they are supposed to earn less than N30,000 thousand each month.
As recorded in Leadership, the source further said that not less than three permanent secretaries in Niger State civil service receive more than N1.3 million monthly as against about 400 to 500 thousand naira salary which is their normal entitlement.
These permanent secretaries are reported to be earning much more from their ‘consultancy’ job to another government agency which ensures that their take home runs to about N1.3 million monthly.
As disclosed by the source, “the irony is that some of the said permanent secretaries are members of the committee set up by the government to guide the consultants in the ongoing verification exercise.”
Similarly, in the Veterinary Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, a man whose job it is to take cows out for grazing is paid a whooping sum of N375,000 when his original monthly pay is just N23,000 per month.
When the junior staff were confronted, they refused to admit to collecting the money in question instead, it was found out that high-ranking government officers only used their names to attract the money which is eventually diverted into their pockets in addition to their monthly salaries.
As a result, as top officials behind the scandalous activity are being uncovered by the consultants, some officials in the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in Niger State, are scurrying in fear, looking for a hiding place.
Sa’adatu Bakrin-Ottun Sally, the leader of Sally Tibbot Consultants, in an interview, established the truth that Permanent Secretaries earned salaries from their profession and also their present status.
Still on the case of Niger state, its government disclosed that the firm (Sally Tabbot Consultants), has uncovered 7,000 ghost workers in the payroll of the 25 Local Governments Councils in the state.
The Permanent Secretary in charge of the Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Adamu Garafini, communicated that the services of the consultant was sought in order to confirm the number of workers engaged in the service of the local government areas as a result of the alarming amount of money spent on the payment of salaries in the implementation of the N18,000 minimum wage.
Mr. Garafini divulged the information during a news conference in Minna on Monday, 8th February. He further disclosed that initial reports proved that 3,394 are fake Local Government workers whereas the remaining are primary school teachers in the state.
Just last week, information spilled out revealing that about 23,306 federal civil servants have been marked down by the federal government for thorough investigations and possible sanctions for illegally collecting millions of naira from the government every month through an organised salary fraud.