Head of Service: Kano State Govt. Discovers 7, 629 ‘Ghost Workers’ In Its Payroll

Head of Service in the Kano State government has revealed that over seven thousand ghost workers discovered in the government’s payroll will be dismissed and prosecuted according to the law.
The Kano State Government says it has discovered 7, 629 ghost workers in the ongoing biometrics verification of civil servants in the state.

The state’s Head of Service, Muhammad Na’iya, made the disclosure while briefing journalists in Kano on Tuesday, saying that following the discovery, the state government will save over N283.5 million monthly.
According to him, the state government had concluded arrangements to delete the fake names from its payroll as from this month (April).
“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 HOS said the committee also discovered 17 newly-recruited workers who had been collecting double salaries, amounting to N1.01 million monthly.
According to him, the affected workers would soon be prosecuted and dismissed from the service.
He said as soon as the exercise was completed, the state government would compile the total number of such workers with a view to prosecuting them.

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“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 HOS explained that the verification exercise was initiated by the 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,” Mr. Na’iya added.
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