Northern Bahr el Ghazal State dismisses claims on ‘stolen’ money

Northern Bahr el Ghazal State dismisses claims on ‘stolen’ money
Director-General at the State Ministry of Finance, Planning and Investment John Karlo Dut (photo credit: courtesy)

Northern Bahr El Ghazal State (NBS) Government has dismissed media reports that salaries for the state civil servants for May had disappeared from the state Ministry of Finance.

Two weeks back, a certain media outlet reported that about SSP1.4 million civil servants’ salary had disappeared in the Northern Bahr el-Ghazal State ministry of finance.

In an interview with The City Review yesterday, the Director-General at the State Ministry of Finance, Planning and Investment John Karlo Dut, described the claims as misleading and mere false information against state institutions.

“On the last two weeks, there was a piece of information which we call it false accusation and fake news and misleading information meant to confuse the public and tarnish the name of state government by some people.

“As a technical person in the ministry of finance, I would like to inform everyone in the state as well as the entire country that the information was not true; [it] was completely [a] misinformation,” Dut dismissed.

According to Tut, the salary of the civil servants for May has been cleared, and that every institution has received their payment.

“We were surprised to hear such misleading information while we did not receive any complaints from all those state information. And if there was such thing, we could [have gotten] the complaints here and not on media,” he added.

“We have all the records with us [indicating that] as of July 16, 2021, the month of May salaries have been paid. There is no way that someone will claim that he or she did not receive the month.”

However, he said if there are institutions that still claim that they had not received their money, the state ministry of finance would help such people get their dues promptly.

“We have been hearing and [has] seen [this on] social media for the two weeks but no one came to our office to complain about the salary of May. This means it is clear that the information was forged by some people just to [spoil people’s name],” he stated

He urges the media to stop misinforming the public, adding they should always seek the right information from the authorities.

“We received the money and we have distributed [it] to all the state institutions as mandated by our rules and regulations because as the ministry of finance, we deal with institutions. Yes, we receive money being for salaries or something else and we normally transfer them into public institution accounts,” Dut stated.

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