State authorities in Sokoto have been worried by growing number of people on local council payrolls.

So, the government decided to turn on the search light.

The government discovered that it pays more salaries and gets less from the labour force.

The verification of junior staff was conducted and more revelations were made.

The Commissioner for Local Government, Manir Dan Iya, on Thurdsay said that “from the exercise, we have saved N300 million. 

“Payment of local government staff salary has been centralised at the Ministry for Local Government through their respective banks.” 

He disclosed that prior to the verification, “salaries of local governments stood at over N2 billion monthly, but had dropped to N1.6 billion. 

“Payment of the phase one of accumulated pensions for the local government staff and primary school teachers between 2007 and 2015 has been cleared with N1.2 billion.”

In the meantime, investigation is ongoing to determine the actual beneficiaries of the stolen sum from the coffers of the state.