Lamentation in Kaduna, as workers clock 1 year without salaries
Yesterday July 31st, 2016, was an anniversary in mystery and lamentation for Kaduna workers. Indeed, it marked exactly one year when thousands of civil servants collected their salaries in Kaduna for the last time due to Governor Nasir El-Rufai-led biometrics verification exercises.
The staffs – victims of the menace introduced by the current State leadership of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) party, cut across all category of workers at both state and Local Government levels. The traditional institutions are not left out of the calamity orchestrated by the verification exercise initiated immediately on assumption of office of the present government, with the aim to flush out the phenomenon of ghost workers from the system.
Most of the traditional rulers, it was reliably learnt, have lost fate in the package it could not remember when last it was paid under the current regime. Some of the victims, who spoke to our correspondent in confidence, for fear of victimization, lamented the untold hardship the exercise brought to bear on their families, describing it as deadly and regrettable.
Briefing newsmen on the conduct of the verification exercise during the one year in office of Governor El-Rufai, the Head of Service of Kaduna State, Mrs Alisabatu Dada, said that, “after a year of the biometrics verification exercises, a total of 13,336 civil servants identified as ghost workers were 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 in May 2015.”
The Head of Service (HOS), who disclosed these during a press briefing at the end of the 22nd 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.