Kwara suspends permanent secretary, four others over ‘ghost workers’ probe

Kwara State government has suspended five senior officials including a permanent secretary implicated in the ongoing investigation of ghost workers and suspicious deductions of workers’ salary at the Kwara State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).

A statement by the state commissioner for Communications, Alhaji Murtala Olanrewaju, stated this in Ilorin on Tuesday evening.

The statement said that the officials are the Permanent Secretary of the parastatal, Director of Finance and Supply of SUBEB, account officers and a staff of the Teaching Service Commission who doubled as the chairman of the Nigerian Union of Teachers.

“The indefinite suspension is connected to some discoveries of alleged fraud in the parastatal by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). This is in line with the efforts of the Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq administration to cleanse the system, particularly at SUBEB where some startling discoveries have been made.

“Salaries connected to the controversial names on the payroll have been flagged and suspended until the end of the exercise,” the statement said.

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