Kwara Must Change wishes to bring attention of the Kwara State government and the general public to the bizarre practice of cash payment with criminal intent taking place within the Kwara State civil service, particularly in ministries, departments and agencies (MDA).
Some concerned workers within Kwara MDA’s told Kwara Must Change that workers are being paid allowances in cash, rather than through the e-payment system. In addition to this, we reliably gathered that in most situations, workers are just given a sheet of paper to sign for
allowance, without any specific figure attached. The implication of this is that, while workers are made to sign for allowances, they are not sure how much is claimed in their name when the figures are inputted into the system.
Kwara Must Change also learn that, any worker who refuses to sign or ask too much questions regarding this bizarre practice is usually frustrated and victimized, a development we find very disheartening.
Surprisingly, this also happens, even in the Kwara State ministry of justice. It was gathered that, workers of the ministry, particular lawyers are also paid in cash for their legal allowances, which is never heard of in any part of the country and beyond the basic allowances; training allowances especially for teachers are also paid in cash.
Sources who confided in Kwara Must Change are of the opinion that, the only explanation for this practice is the intention for fraud and corruption and we have no reason to disagree.
According to them, Kwara State government is paying the e-payment contractors from workers salaries, yet when it comes to paying workers transparently through the e-payment system, government refuses to do so. If government is so keen on e-payment to the extent of forcing
workers to pay for the service, how come the same government would consent to cash payment for workers without seeing the contradiction?
They explained that, only salaries are being paid through the e-payment system, while other payments are done in cash. Others who commented on the development also said while workers are made to sign for payment allowances, inflated figures are input into the system.
They queried,’’if nothing shady is being done, how come workers are not allowed to decide whether they want to receive cash or be paid via the e-payment directly into their accounts. It appeared the essence of the e-payment system have been defeated.
Kwara Must Change is of the view that, the troubles government would go through in bringing cash and paying workers one after the other far superseded any difficulty in the e-payment system, so we wonder why the government would be paying cash if not for ulterior motives. It has
also been established that, this bizarre practice is done in collaboration with the Kwara State ministry of finance and government cannot claim ignorance.
Kwara Must Change is, therefore, calling on the Kwara State government to immediately put a stop to this bizarre practice. This is a digital age and we cannot be stuck in the past. We also call on the state government, particularly the Kwara State house of Assembly to investigate this matter properly to unravel any conspiracy of fraud that might be taking place within the system.
We maintain that, Kwara State workers are responsible and respected people and they should not be treated any less.
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