Sallah Gifts: Return diverted funds meant for workers or… Aliyu warns LGs, LGEA officials

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By: Mayen Etim
SOKOTO, North-West, Nigeria – The Sokoto State Governor, Ahmed Aliyu, has warned local government and Local Government Education Authority officials who tampered with the N30,000 sallah gifts given to workers in the state to return the diverted funds or face serious consequences.
The Governor gave the warning on Friday while addressing a mammoth crowd of well-wishers and supporters at the Government House, Sokoto.
This is contained in a statement issued and signed by the Press Secretary to the State Governor, Abubakar Bawa, and made available to newsmen on Sunday.
In the statement, Aliyu expressed dismay over the nefarious attitude of some finance officers especially at the local governments level who denied their staff the ₦ 30,000 approved as Sallah gifts by the State Government.
“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.
“Those who diverted those funds must return them immediately or else we will take serious  punitive measures against them.
“We will ensure that the culprits reap what they sowed to serve as a deterrent to others,” he warned in the statement.
Gov. Aliyu, therefore, 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 his administration’s determination to ensure accountability, transparency and 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 gets 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,” he warned in the statement.
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 thanked the APC leader in the state, Sen. Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, for his fatherly role and guidance to the present leadership in the state.
The governor equally thanked the entire people of the state for their unflinching support and fervent prayers to the present administration, and called for the sustenance of the tempo.

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