The Chairman of Otukpo Local Government, Hon. George Alli has returned the sum of N2.2 million that was mistakenly wired into his bank account to the Benue State Universal Basic Education Board.
It was reported that the returned money was part of the N7.6 billion UBEC/Benue State Government counterpart fund raised to construct 740 new primary school classroom projects across the state. The money was wired into the account of Zaginas Company, a firm that Mr. Alli had an interest in before taking up the mantle of leadership.
In his explanation of how the money got into his bank account, Mr. Alli told Channels Television that his bank alerted him of the payment via his mobile. According to him “sincerity and honesty have a way of attracting other benefits.”
“I got alerted from Union Bank and when I went through the alert, I saw a payment of about two million, two hundred and ninety-seven thousand and I ask if we are expecting money from SUBEB, I use to have full interest in Zaginas Nigeria Ltd before I resigned to run for political office.
“I asked the general manager of the company to write a letter to SUBEB, informing them of the wrong payment into the account and that they should investigate how that money came in, and they wrote us back to return the money and that is what we have done today.”
The Benue state local chairman added that it was not proper holding unto what did not belong to him, thereby causing someone at the government agency to be held responsible for the mistake.
The act of integrity displayed by Alli was commended by the state government who acknowledged receipt of the money and urge all citizens to uphold the virtues of honesty and patriotism for the common good of the society, as the returned sum will help in completing the 740 primary school classroom projects across the state.
In his remarks, the Chief Accountant of SUBEB, James Hon praised Mr. George Alli, urging him to keep up the good work and promised to render transparency in the payment and completion of the projects.
“On the 31st of July 2017, we received a letter from Zaginas telling us that, sum money was deposited into its account and it was not expecting any money, money that was supposed to be for paying contracts executed for SUBEB, and I wrote the Director of Physical Planning to investigate why the certificate was raised in favour of Zaginas, but unfortunately, he told us that the file has been taken to Abuja and cannot be verified until that file returns.
“We are in very hard times and people are looking for money, by all means, a patriotic Nigerian who had been paid money he was not expecting, voluntarily returns it, this is something that is highly commendable and I call on other Nigerians to emulate this kind of gesture.”