Governor orders officials to return diverted workers’ sallah gifts

* Threatens serious punitive measures

By Nudoiba Ojen

‎The Governor of Sokoto State, Ahmed Aliyu, has ordered the Local Government and Local Government Education Authority officials to return the diverted N30,000 sallah gifts given to workers in the state or face serious consequences.

Aliyu expressed dismay over the nefarious attitude of some finance officers especially at the local governments level who denied its staff of the ₦30,000 approved as Sallah gifts by the state government.

He said, “Those who diverted those funds must return them immediately or else we will take serious punitive measures against them.

The governor spoke on Friday while addressing a crowd of well-wishers and supporters at the Government House, in Sokoto following a successful Hajj exercise.

Aliyu said, “I wonder how somebody would deny our workers the stipends we gave them in order to make them financially stable during the Sallah festive season.

“We will ensure that the culprits reap what they sowed to serve as a deterrent to others”.

The governor further charged all heads of agencies where such corrupt tendencies were perpetrated to hasten the compilation of all the affected workers and ensure that they are refunded.

He also assured the people of the state of his administration’s determination to ensure accountability, transparency and the prudent management of public funds for the good of all.

“This administration is all out to ensure zero-tolerance for corruption and all corrupt tendencies. So, if anybody thinks he can loot public funds and get away with it, then, he must be sick.

“This administration is a true reflection of the government of the people, for the people, and indeed by the people.

“So, we have a huge task ahead of us that we must carry out diligently without minding whose ox is gored,” Aliyu averred.

The governor further called on the people of the state to continue to rally round the present administration in its undying quest to deliver on its campaign promises.

He also thanked the All Progressives Congress leader in the state, Sen. Aliyu Wamakko, for his fatherly role and guidance to the present leadership in the state.

Aliyu expressed gratitude to the entire people of the state for their unflinching support and fervent prayers to the present administration and called for the sustenance or the tempo.

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