The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ilorin Zonal Office, is probing the propriety of payment of about N400 million to members of the Kwara State House of Assembly and the State Executive Council members.
The commision’s spokesman, Tony Orilade in a statement said the agency is interrogating the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Sola Gold and the Clerk of the State House of Assembly, Kperogi Jummai over the payment which allegedly did not follow due process.
“It was gathered that all the 25 lamakers and some members of the State Executive Council two weeks ago received about N400 million severance gratuity before the expiration of their tenure.
“This is in spite of the fact that the state is owing workers about three months salaries.
“The petitioner said even though the lawmakers and members of the State Executive Council were entitled to severance payment, it was the next administration that was supposed to pay them.
According to the statement, a letter written by the Speaker, Mr Ali Ahmad to the State Governor, confirmed that the lawmakers were entitled to severance gratuity at the end of their tenure due to terminate on June .
“In accordance with the provisions of the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission, Honourable Members are entitled to 200 percent of their annual basic salaries as their severance gratuity allowance at the end of their tenure of Office.
“Kperogi who confirmed that the lawmakers have received their severance gratuity told EFCC operatives that the payment was approved by the State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, EFCC is also investigating the pictures circulating in the social media which claimed that the government officials were packing four trucks full of loads to an unknown destination.
“And of the fact that you might have heard me saying it is saddening that we will be the third largest population in the world in 2050, even higher than America but following India and China. It’s not a good story but what it also means is that we have a lot of work to do to be able to feed and provide food, to be able to employ the mass of people that will be created as well”, he added.