Musa Na Allah Sokoto
Civil servants in Sokoto thronged the Usman Faruk Secretariat, the location of the state Ministry of Finance Tuesday, to protest unverified huge deductions from their November salaries.
Their anger was, upon receiving salary alerts for November, on Monday, many of them realized a huge deduction from their salaries, alleging that it was, an unauthorized deduction.
In his reaction to the alleged deduction, the Permanent Secretary of Sokoto State Ministry of Finance, Alhaji Abba Muhammad Mu’alledi said: “The affected workers approached financial institutions namely, Direct Credit, Zed Van, and Log Book, to access loan facilities. Some of them obtained loans from more than one of these financial institutions.
“Their creditors approached us (being the guarantor) that, workers who are owing them have not serviced their debts in the last six months. During our investigation, we were furnished with proof of default.
“The ministry swung into action by deducting the loan from the source and remitting it to the concerned financial institutions.
“We are not against workers accessing loan facilities, it is their choice. The lesson learned is that, these financial platforms will be warehoused in such a way that, anyone owing Creditor A, will not be able to access the facility from Creditor B until he/she pays off the Creditor A.”
An investigation by our correspondent revealed that deductions were actually made in their salaries but, a cartel siphoned the money instead, of remitting the same ¹ to the financial institutions at the tail end of the immediate past administration of Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.
According to alleged defaulters, the last may not have been heard on the scam as the affected workers vowed to dig deep into the matter and fish out those who perpetrated the diversion of loans deducted from their salaries for the period under review.
One of the affected workers, who spoke to our correspondent but, does not want his name in print, regretted the dimension the loan deduction has taken.
He said, “the state ministry of finance, should conduct a proper investigation into the alleged scam of diverting out deduction from their salaries for over six months.”