7,629 Ghost Workers Discovered on Kano Payroll – Head of Service
Kano State government has uncovered 7,629 ghost workers in the ongoing bio-metrics verification exercise for civil servants in the state. The State Head of Service, Alhaji Muhammad Na’iya, who made the disclosure, while briefing newsmen in Kano yesterday, said that from the discovery, the state government would save over N283.5 million monthly.
According to him, the state government had concluded arrangements to delete the names of the ghost workers from its payroll as from this month of April, saying, “We have given them ample time to appear before the verification committee but they failed to do so. This is something we started in February and we are now in April. So, we cannot continue to pay workers that are not in existence,” he said.
The Head of Service said that the committee also discovered 17 newly-recruited workers, who had been collecting double salaries amounting to N1.01 million monthly. According to him, as soon as the exercise was completed, the state government would compile the total number of such workers with a view to prosecuting them with the consequence of outright dismissal from the service.
“After the exercise, all those found to be involved in the shady deal will be prosecuted, in addition to recovering the money,’’ he said. The Head of Service explained that the verification exercise was initiated by the state government to
have in place a robust, integrated and comprehensive human resource and payment data base. “In this interim exercise, a total of 86,373 civil servants have so far been captured out of the over 150,000 workers that are on the government’s payroll,” Na’iya added.