8-yr-old boy appears on payroll
About 15,000 ghost workers are expected to be eliminated from the Civil Service payroll of the Bauchi State Government through the on-going verification exercise out of the 91,000 total number of workforce both in the state and local government areas.
This was disclosed by the Accountant General of the State, Alhaji Abubakar Gabi while speaking in a live Radio programme over the weekend monitored by our correspondent in Bauchi.
He explained that since the commencement of the verification exercise through the submission of Bank Verification Number, BVN, by all civil servants, about 5000 ghost workers have been discovered in the state civil service payroll, while not less than 10,000 others will be eliminated from the verification exercise conducted at the local governments level.
Alhaji Gabi explained that the verification exercise has yielded positive result as out of the 29,774 teachers in the state only 16,000 have submitted their BVN, while out of the 27,000 workforce in 15 LGAs already verified, only 12,000 have been certified as the authentic staff of the Local government, saying the committee is yet to verified the remaining five local governments staff.
He expressed shock with the findings of his committee, especially in Giade local government area where an eight year old boy was discovered to be receiving salary for the last ten years, just two years before the boy was born, adding that at the end of the exercise the state government will be saving about N500million monthly.
“Bauchi State Government presently has about 91,000 workforce for both state and local government with 33,000 for the state. So far after the verification exercise in the state service, we uncovered 5000 ghost workers that will make us to save N250 million monthly, while we intend to eliminate about 10,000 ghost workers from the 20 local government areas of the state” he said.
The Accountant general stated that the exercise was not to witch- hunt anybody but to eliminate ghost workers in the state payroll, saying that, already the state Governor, His Deputy and Speaker of the state assembly have already submitted their BVN for transparency and accountability.
He assured that the two months salary arrears for the primary school teachers will be paid this week as the money is available, warning that anyone that is involved in the double standard deal will definitely be prosecuted according to the laid down rules and regulations.