Kaduna finally removes 13,336 names from govt payroll as “ghost workers”
After a year of hectic bio-metrics verification exercises, a total of 13,336 names of civil servants identified as ghost workers have been removed from the payroll of Kaduna state government civil service system, against the initial 16,465 in the payroll of the state, before the commencement of the verification exercise in May, 2015.
Kaduna state Head of Service (HOS), Alisabatu Dada, who disclosed this during a press briefing at the end of the 22nd of the Executive Council Meeting, said the discovery was due to the implementation of the reports of the special verification committee and MDAs’ verification exercises that took place in the state. “Following the implementation of the reports of the special verification committee and MDAs verification exercises, the number was reduced from 16,465 to 13,336,” she said.
The breakdown of the number, according to her, shows that initial number of state government staff was reduced from the new 5,746 to 2,879, local government from 6,350 to 6,274 and SUBEB from 4,369 to 4,341, respectively.
Dada said the implication of the analysis is that the 13,336 affected staffs have been taken off the payroll of the state for the time being. She, however, stressed that the onus lies on the affected staff to write to the governor to prove that they were bonafide staffs of the State and Unified Local Government Services. She said in the course of the verification exercises, some staffs were at one time or the other removed, added, ‘recycled’ and reintroduced back to the payroll due to one reason or the other.
The HOS said details of the names of the affected staffs and the requirements for further verification by Governor El-Rufai would be communicated to MDAs. According to her, “Consequently, there are 75,726 staffs on the payrolls of Kaduna State, LG and SUBEB are 26,425, 13,336 and 35,965, respectively,” she said.
This, she noted, excluded the State Traffic and Environmental Law Enforcement Agency (KASTELEA), Devt Area Secretaries, newly recruited staffs of Ministries of Health and Human Services and Education, Science and Technology and Due Process Office.
Dada, on behalf of the governor, apologised to workers and their families, who have gone through horrendous experiences and suffering, “because of the evil machinations of few selfish individuals, who have continued to perpetrate the phenomenon ghost worker in the state.”
Earlier, she said government’s realization of hitherto utilization for payment of internally-generated revenue and receipts from federation accounts prompted the verification exercise.