Addressing newsmen after the weekly executive council meeting at the government house yesterday, the Director-General of Media and Publicity to the State governor, Mr Kingsley Fanwo said the fraud was discovered during the last staff screening exercise.
Although, the governor’s spokesman refused to disclose the names of the affected staff, he however said the money which had amounted to N8.4 billion in seven years were proceeds illegally gotten through ghost workers, but vowed that every kobo defrauded the state government must be accounted for. He also disclosed that government approved the establishment of three befitting markets in Ankpa, Kabba and Adavi to boost commercial activities in the state and that contract for the market had already been awarded and work expected to commence by September with one year duration for completion.
Fanwo also disclosed that council has approved the reconstruction of the office of the state owned newspaper, The Graphic, to give it a befitting look. He said council has also declared a state of emergency on the environment owing to the ravaging floods that have devastated parts of the state.