Gombe State government is to embark on biometric data capturing of civil servants in the state, in order to determine the actual workers, save cost and run the service more conveniently.
Head of Civil Service in the state, Alhaji Ahmad Usman made this known during the inauguration of 10 working committees by the state chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, in Gombe yesterday.
He said the issue had gone beyond that of a ghost worker or absenteeism to the practice where people were paid allowances they were not eligible for and biometric data capturing proves to be the easiest way to come to term with reality.
“Whatever government will do is to make savings and engage it back into the welfare of workers,” he said
He urged workers to be at the vanguard of ensuring that biometric data was taken in Gombe State because the benefit would come to them directly in terms of paying their allowances.
He said a committee would soon be inaugurated to carry out the biometric data capturing and permanent secretaries would “be responsible directly for coordinating a very good and important fool-proof exercise.
“This is an exercise that when it is completed in your MDA, you are going to swear and sign that you have undertaken it to the best of your ability. Any fallout from such exercise will be a perjury on your side. That is how serious we want to go.”
He called on workers to cooperate during the exercise, and added: “Believe me, when saving is made, it will be rechanneled back to the service. Any amount that will be saved will come back directly as other charges under Ministries and Departments.”
He said so many states had done it and it had been a success story all the way with some saving as much as “quarter of a billion, about a billion.
“We must do it in Gombe so that we purify our salary system and we optimise our overhead cost and that will make money available to us to run our operations successfully and conveniently,” he assured.
Earlier in his remark, the state chairman of NLC, Comrade Haruna Kamara called for the biometric data capturing of workers to help government save cost.
He said NLC in the state had acquired over three hectares of land which had been demarcated into 612 building plots to be shared among desiring civil servants who would in turn pay over a three-year period.

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