The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has given an approval for the payment of March and April salaries and pensions of 24, 042 workers and pensioners, who have been cleared in the ongoing Staff verification exercise in the State.
According to a statement by the Alternate chairman of the State Committee on Personnel Database Development, Alhaji Isiaka Gold, the approval follows the final clearance of the affected workers and pensioners by the Nigerian Interbank Settlement System (NIBBS).
Alhaji Gold, who is also the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) explained that the March and April salaries and entitlements of the workers and pensioners will be paid this week.
Alhaji Isiaka said that 1, 427 workers and pensioners found to have submitted invalid Bank Verification Numbers(BVN) will however had their entitlements withheld pending further investigation.
He disclosed that the governor also ordered that the 144 workers and pensioners who had issues with their Bank Verification Number (BVN), but whose defences were genuine be paid as well.
Alhaji Gold noted that Governor Ahmed has also directed that 390 workers and pensioners found to be operating multiple accounts should be rescreened by the committee.
The SSG stressed that any worker or pensioner found to be fraudulently collecting salary or pension will not only be made to refund the money, but will also be dealt with according to the law.
Alhaji Isiaka Gold
Secretary to the Kwara State Government