By Yekini Jimoh in Lokoja
Over N8.4 billion ha allegedly been embezzled by three officers of Kogi State University, Anyigba in the past seven years.
Addressing newsmen after the weekly executive council meeting at the government house on Friday, the Director General of Media and Publicity to the state governor, Mr. Kingsley Fanwo said the three officers of the University were allegedly embezzling of N100 million monthly for the past seven years.
According to him, 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 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 markets had already been awarded and work was expected to commence by September and last for one year.
Fanwo also disclosed that council had approved the reconstruction of the office of the state owned newspaper, The Graphic, to give it a befitting look.
He said council had also declared a state of emergency on the environment owing to the ravaging floods that had devastated parts of the state.
He said a committee had already been set up which will liaise with the state emergency management agency and expected to quickly do something about the raging floods that had cut off some communities in the state.