December 12, 2019

Salary racketeering: Sokoto govt. extends amnesty for culprits to Dec. 31


Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state

The Sokoto state government has extended the amnesty window given to workers collecting abnormal salaries or engaging in malpractices in the salary system to Dec. 31.

Alhaji Sani Bunun-Yabo, the Acting Chairman, Sokoto state Steering Committee on Integrated Payroll and Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), disclosed this n a statement issued to newsmen in Sokoto on Thursday.

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Bunun-Yabo said that the period of the amnesty which began from Nov. 27 ended on Dec. 9, 2019, by 12 midnight.

However, he said the state government in recognition of the success recorded in the exercise had decided to extend the period to Dec. 31.

”This is to inform the general public that the State Government has extended the period of the amnesty to civil servants engaged in malpractices in the salary system.

”The earlier deadline has been extended to Dec. 31, 2019, at 12 midnight. This is to enable all those affected to seize the opportunity to cooperate, as more and more people are already reporting to the Committee and other specified points of contact” Bunun-Yabo said.

He said the initiative was to enable civil servants collecting salaries they don’t earn and those engaged in improper practices against regulations to come forward and open up under confidentiality and guaranteed state pardon.

He explained that the government considered the opportunity as a humane gesture and therefore, appealed to all concerned to avail themselves with the gesture.

”The State Government wishes to make it abundantly clear that the current initiative is not a probe or witch hunt.

”Rather it is an effort to sanitise the management of state salary system in order to ensure transparency and accountability and guarantee the entitlements of workers.

“At the end of this period-appropriate sanctions will be meted out to those found wanting in accordance with Civil Service Rules and relevant laws,” he said.

The Committee Chairman added that in the course of the committee’s activities, a lot of wrongdoings were discovered and assured increased confidentiality and reward where appropriate.

“Similarly, civil servants or members of the public with relevant information that can assist in the discovery and/or resolution of problems in the payroll system are invited to approach the committee.

“Those willing to cooperate can contact the committee directly or reach out through the following phone numbers: 08105475900, 08106010490 and 08144885521,” he added.

According to Bunun-Yabo, they can also reach the committee through any of its members, member of the State Executive Council, Special Advisers, Permanent Secretaries or Directors-Generals, with an equal guarantee of secrecy and appreciation.