The E-payment committee set up by the Nasarawa State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) has uncovered 78 Local Government Education Authority (LGEA) teachers with the same bank account.
Mr. Abdul Sale, chairman of the committee disclosed this on Friday while briefing the Executive Chairman of the board, Alh.Abdulkarim Mohammed-Abdullahi and other members of the board in the state capital, Lafia.
He said that the aim of setting up the committee is to arrest all irregularities and abnormalities that served as obstacle to the success of the e-payment as well as to ensure that primary schools teachers are paid on time.
He said “Our mandate is to ensure that all the irregularities and abnormalities which usually lead to the delayed in the payment of primary schools teachers in the state should be discovered with the view of addressing such challenges.
“E-payment is very imperative this is because it’s fight corruption, ghost workers and others abnormalities in any system as well as improving workers, teachers’ welfare and ensure their commitment in impacting knowledge to the pupil and students.
“Governor Tanko Al-Makura has directed the board and the board has directed us to pay teachers salary as at when due and even before any civil servants receives his or own salary in the state.
“Sir, as you can see the committee members together with the staff of Diamond bank, for the past seven to eight weeks now, we have been verifying the account name and numbers of each LGEA teacher’s so as to ensure that the aims and objectives of setting up the committee is achieved.
“There are many problems we discovered in the process of this e-payment, most of the teachers that have problems with their salaries are teachers with either wrong or multiple account numbers.
“You will discover that two or three teachers are with the same account numbers, as Iam telling you now, there are 78 primary school teachers with one account numbers in the state.
“The e- payment system can be completely successful if we carry out biometric verification exercise for all the primary schools teachers across the state” Sale said.
He assured the board of the committee commitment to uncover all irregularities and abnormalities involved in the payment of primary schools teachers in order to improve on the standard of education in the state and the country at large for the benefit of all.
Earlier, Malam Abdulkarim Mohammed-Abdullahi, Executive chairman who lead other members of the board said that the aimed of the visit was to assess the level of success the committee has recorded.
He said “The committee was given the mandate to ensure that primary schools teachers are paid before any other civil servants in the state through the e-payment system.
“This is done to ensure that the standard of education is improved in the state and the country at large for the benefit of all” he said
The chairman assured the committee that the board is committed to wage a relentless war against any persons trying to sabotage the efforts of the state government in improving the standard of education in the state.