Amidst Panic Niger Gov Denies Ordering Salary Deductions

Against the backdrop of rumours of impending salary deductions, the Governor of Niger State, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has denied any directive suggesting that salaries of workers be deducted.

The governor who made the clarifications during the opening ceremony for the 13th Niger State Trade Fair on Wednesday said claims of civil servants’ salary deductions are part of deliberate fraudulent actions and sabotage of his government by some individuals he did not name.

While vowing to punish whoever is involved in the act of depriving workers of their hard earned benefits, Bello said his government would have zero-tolerance for corruption as salaries of civil servants which were paid on Monday had shortfalls of N10, 000 and N20, 000 in some cases.

Governor Bello pointed out that, “Workers’ salaries have been reduced by N10, 000 and N20, 000 in some cases. This is an unfortunate situation which sounds and appears to me like a deliberate fraudulent action.” he said.
Expressing doubts over the speculations that the random deductions in salary of workers in the state may be as a result of system failure, Bello set up a panel to look into the issue and report to him by next week Tuesday.

He said: “It could be system failure which has reduced workers salaries. Be that as it may, I have directed the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) to set up a panel with immediate effect to investigate what actually happened and report back to be by Tuesday”.

According to him, “I do hope and pray it is a system mistake, but if it is someone’s effort to deprive the workers of their salaries, whoever is involved will be severely punished.
“I have resolved to move Niger state forward and change the ways of the past.”

Governor Sani Bello however warned government workers who were desperate to make extra money to do so in a legitimate way, reminding them that “it is a crime to shortchange civil servants due to the desperate desire to make more money at all cost.”

Daily Independent
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