Imo state saves N2 billion monthly – Uzodinma

Imo state governor, Sen Hope Uzodinma, has revealed that his administration saves N2 billion monthly from the wage bill of the state workers and pensioners. He said this was possible due to the enforcement of the Bank Verification Number (BVN).

He made this disclosure in a statewide broadcast in the state capital, Owerri that the savings was due to elimination of ghost workers.

“I can tell you today that by insisting on the enforcement of BVN records, which uniquely ties each worker to a distinct bank account, I have been able to save about N2 Billion monthly from the wage bill of Imo workers and pensioners.

“I consider it a great achievement that through this painstaking exercise of eradicating the stinking fraud in the public service payroll system, the sum of N2 nillion is saved every month for the state,” the governor said.

“This huge sum will be ploughed back to infrastructural development. This means that government will be able to deliver more roads, housing and better hospitals and schools in the coming months and years.

“Let me use this opportunity to appeal to my esteemed Imo people to walk with us in this journey of blocking a few wicked people from stealing from our commonwealth through payroll fraud.

“I appeal to our people to understand that if there are temporary delays in the payment of salaries, it is never for lack of funds, but because we are determined to stop the payroll cabal from fleecing our commonwealth.

“Let me reiterate my early commitment to payment salaries on or before the end of every month, while I intend to keep this promise religiously.

“I will not also allow the payroll cabal to use it as an excuse to blackmail me into paying non-existent staff salaries that ends up in their private pockets,” he promised.

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