KDHA Commences Investigation Into Causes Of Non-Payment Of Salaries In Kaduna
Kaduna State House of Assembly has embarked on a deep investigation find out why some of the employees in the public service have not been receiving their regular salaries for quite some time.
The House had, on 1st June, 2016, constituted an Ad-hoc Committee to investigate on the cause(s) of nonpayment of salaries of civil servants due to the numerous complaints it receives from various constituencies.
After a thorough investigation, observations were made that the present administration was faced with dwindling revenue from Federal Allocation after resuming office in May, 2015. And, indeed, the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) was grossly inadequate, coupled with increased recurrent expenditure, salaries and overhead costs.
The Government in its wisdom decided to look inward to sanitize the workforce of both State and Local Government Councils, including SUBEB. Pursuant to this goal, United Bank for Africa (UBA) and Zenith Bank were appointed by the State Government to conduct the Verification Exercise/Biometric Data capture of all State Civil Servants in June, 2015.
The Office of the Head of Service was also engaged to conduct the verification exercise in July and August, 2015, which also yielded little result. MDAs were also directed to conduct the verification exercise of their Staff, including the Local Government Councils, an exercise that was termed one of the best staff verification exercise ever conducted during payment of salaries, in which the results were not utilised.
As a result of the interest shown by the interim management committee chairmen to be allowed to pay salaries and the receipt of numerous complaints, the Hon. Commissioner for Local Government Chieftaincy Affairs set up a committee comprising all the 23 Local Government Interim Management Committee Chairmen, Directors of Finance and Accounts, Accountants of the local governments and Local Government Education Departments, which constituted another verification exercise for Local Government Staff and Staff of Local Government Education Departments in their respective Local Governments.
The aim of the exercise was to ensure that all genuine workers of both the Local Government and Local Government Education Authorities were captured in the payroll and those, who are either retired or deceased, including ‘ghost workers,’ are flushed out from the payroll. The exercise was successfully conducted, and the end, a remarkable success was recorded.
Consultants were engaged to verify, authenticate and analyse all verification reports as well as the outcome of which is intended to guide the Government in taking a decision that will solve the salary problem once and for all.
Nevertheless, the lack of communication-flow emanating from among the Office of the Head of Service, Accountant-General’s office, Local Government Interim Management Committee Chairmen, Labour Union Leaders and other Agencies, payrolls were not submitted to MDAs and LGAs.
After having observed all of these problems, the Hon. House came up with certain recommendations, which were believed to help solve the problem. The Honourable House has directed the Ministry of Finance to constitute a committee to attend and rectify all cases of nonpayment of salaries to the affected staff. Also, the Auditor-General for Local Governments was mandated to immediately verify the 4,524 blacklisted LGAs and SUBEB staff so as to ascertain how genuine they are or otherwise.
The Ministry of Finance is directed to further compile and circulate names of Officers/Staff that have problem with multiple or duplicated Bank Verification Numbers (BVN), Personal Sub-head Numbers (PSN), together with Account Numbers to MDAs and Local Government Councils for rectification.
As a matter of urgency they are to process the outstanding balance of 695 applications for the newly recruited teachers and other newly employed staff in the State; for example, Health workers and KASTELEA be issued with all relevant PSN numbers to facilitate the payment of their salaries.
That, the Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs be directed to immediately liaise with the Interim Management Committee chairmen and Labour Union leaders in the State to clarify on the status of those categorised as ‘Ghost Workers;’ that is, those employed without approval, deceased and retired.
That, the State Government does allow the Local Government Councils to be paying salaries using the verification exercise conducted by the ministry for Local Government Councils, which will help authenticate the Staff List and stabilize the Local Government Councils in their operations.
That, there should be greater synergy (interaction, communication and information-flow) among the Office of Head of Service, Accountant-General’s office, Interim Management Committee of the local government councils, Labour Union leaders and other agencies and stakeholders, for the smooth implementation of government policies in the State.
That, the Accountant-General be directed to provide various MDAs with copies of their payrolls for verification; and furthermore that, the Leave Transport Grant (LGEAs) for the Year 2015 be paid to the concerned staff immediately, and all union dues and money deducted from co-operative societies remitted to the appropriate organisations immediately.