By Yelmi Luka, Bauchi
Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state has said that his administration inherited a corrupt salary structure in the state civil service.
The governor who stated this at a media parley with stakeholders yesterday on challenges of salary payment and issues of nominal/payrolls said Bauchi state in 2015 had a total wage bill of less than N4.5 billion but has now reached about N7 billion.
Bala lamented the increase in the wage bill despite the fact that some civil servants have either retired or died.
“By the act of commission, collusion and distortion, Bauchi state is facing a monumental task of sorting out what is evidently a pre-existing corrupt salary regime”, Governor Bala said.
In an effort to correct the anomalies, the governor informed that financial management consultants have been engaged by the state government to find a lasting solution.
“We are identifying culprits, and we will name them, and jail them if found guilty”, the governor vowed.
Bala noted that at the onset of his administration, he promised prompt payment of salaries and have been doing it.
He pledged his administration’s commitment at ensuring that the state acquires perfect system of payment of salaries to serve better, the people of Bauchi state.