Some people are dipping their hands in the cookie jar at Kogi State Polytechnic.

A massive financial fraud totaling 145-million-naira have been uncovered in the tertiary institution.

The government is blaming it on the salary voucher of the Polytechnic in the July salary of its workers which was allegedly bloated.

The Director -General, Kogi State Bureau of Information and Grassroots Mobilisation, Alhaji Abdulmalik Abdulkareem, is making this explanation on behalf of the government.

Apparently, the institution’s staff are already peeved over non-payment of their July salary and are threatening to down tools.

But the government said it is not to blame. It accused the account staff of the polytechnic of bloating July salary vouchers to illegally enrich themselves.

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“Kogi State Government affirmed that the discovery of 145-million-naira fraud in the salary vouchers was responsible for the delay in payment of the July salary. This is based on facts obtained from the office of Auditor -General of Kogi State,” the government said in a statement on Sunday.

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, ASUP in the state had threatened to direct its members to embark on strike if the July salary of its members was not paid by Sept. 11.

But Andulmalik faulted the position of ASUP and other unions in the polytechnic, saying that the delay in payment of their July salary was self-inflicted.

According to him, the salary was delayed giving room for a thorough investigation into the alleged fraud.

He added that the state government had recovered the 145 million naira from the bloated wage bills.