For alleged fraudulent drawing of salaries from more than one pay point in the state civil service, the Akwa Ibom state government is set to prosecute 9000 workers.
Disclosing this to newsmen on Monday in Uyo, Governor Udom Emmanuel said the massive fraud was uncovered in the preliminary bio-metric exercise recently conducted by the office of the state’s Accountant-General.
Gov. Udom expressed shock at how a section of state employees were drawing salaries from more than a pay point. He said the state government has given the affected 9000 workers and those yet to be uncovered, the option to refund the salaries they have fraudulently taken or be prosecuted.
The governor directed the Permanent Secretaries in Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) in the state to commence finger print verification of all employees, stressing that employees who failed to participate in the verification exercise would have their names deleted from the automated salary paying system and nominal roll.
The governor mentioned that more than 1,000 employees were yet to comply with the directive and reiterated his administration’s commitment to making discipline and zero tolerance for corruption its watchwords.
Also, the Akwa Ibom state commissioner for Finance, Mr Akan Okon, on Monday revealed that it had uncovered 1,458 cases of Bank Verification Number (BVN) related frauds involving civil servants and pensioners in the public service.
Mr Okon made this known while inaugurating an eight-man BVN Verification Committee to address those anomalies in Uyo. He said the present administration had done a lot to re-position public servant’s payroll system for efficiency and effectiveness, and charged the BVN Verification Committee to see their assignment as a clarion call to the service of the state.
Meanwhile, a recent controversial post making rounds by Sahara reporters, shows Governor Udom Emmanuel’s completed massive mansion built in his hometown of Awa community in Onna Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, a project he started just four months after becoming the state governor.
The opulent house which was built to have state of the art facilities has aroused public backlash from critics who have described the governor as someone on a mission to accumulate wealth at the expense of the public.