By Peter Moses
It is now Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed’s turn in the ongoing physical verification exercise of workers’ Bank Verification Number (BVN), National Pilot reliably gathered on Sunday.
Ahmed’s screening was scheduled for today (Monday), a reliable source told our reporter yesterday.
Commissioners, Special Advisers, Senior Special Assistants and other political appointees would equally go through the screening this week, it was learnt.
The governor who had travelled to China as part of his administration’s foreign investment drive is expected to arrive for the screening today.
“The Governor will be screened tomorrow (Monday). We have been informed the governor, commissioners and other political appointees would be screened this week. I was told he (Ahmed) has travelled but he will be around this week,” a source close to the consulting firm, handling the exercise, told this medium.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor (Media and Communications), Dr Muideen Akorede neither confirmed nor denied when he was contacted for comments on Ahmed’s screening scheduled for this week.
“I don’t have any comment on that yet. But everybody on the Kwara State Government payroll will go through the screening. Anybody that collects money in Kwara State will be screened,” Akorede said in telephone interview with National Pilot.
Already, workers and pensioners across 16 Local Government Areas of the state as well as state workers in Ministries and parastatas have been screened and cleared for the physical verification exercise.
Over 80,000 workers and pensioners are the target of the state government for exercise, our reporter recalls.
This medium had reported that salaries of about 3,310 workers in Kwara State have been put on hold following discrepancies in the ongoing verification exercise through submission of the Bank Verification Numbers (BVN).
The affected workers are within the range of those allegedly operating multiple accounts, those with fake or without BVN.
The first level verification revealed 324 individuals who were linked to 659 multiple accounts; 2, 862 have no BVN and 124 allegedly provided fake bank numbers.
The State Government had issued March 18 being deadline for the submission of BVN, failure which may cost the defaulting workers their pay.
But the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Sola Isiaka Gold hinted that the development does not mean salaries of the affected workers have been stopped, but the victims must be able to prove convincingly to the government- the discrepancies in the BVN.
The SSG said the verification exercise is not meant to victimise workers, but to determine “who are really workers of the state government.”