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Ghost Workers: We Saved N500m Monthly From Payroll, Says El-Rufai

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Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-rufai has said that the on-going payroll verification exercise is already helping the state to save N500m monthly.

el-Rufai who appealed to public servants in the state to support the administration to remove ghost workers in the state payroll, commended the workers for their patience and contribution to the success the verification exercise has recorded.

A statement by the governor’s spokesman, Samuel Aruwan said it was in the public interest to establish precisely who works for the government as well as ensure that public funds are not being drained to pay ghost workers.

According to the governor, steady progress has been made since the verification process for workers and pensioners commenced in June 2015.

He added that “the results so far show that the payroll for wages and pensions has declined from the N2.7bn it cost to pay workers in May 2015.”

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He said, the government is pushing to make further savings by unmasking more ghost workers

“To build on this success and ensure the integrity of the payroll, the government is pressing ahead with the concluding phase of the verification exercise.

“This is expected to end in April 2016. Workers who have patiently partaken in the exercise since June 2015 should demonstrate the same spirit now that verification is close to the finishing line.

“As an employer, the government regrets that some workers have encountered hitches during the verification process. The process we have launched to end in April will give a conclusive picture of public service data and hasten redress for the affected workers.Employees should update their personnel records fully.’’

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