Katsina State governor, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari has revealed that children and housewives constitute 90 percent of ghost workers in the state.
Masari made the shocking revelation while speaking with Journalists yesterday on the ongoing verification exercise of local government staff, stating that his administration had uncovered names of families as local government staff collecting salary every month without doing any job.
He explained that the practice which was in existence at local government councils for many years was to satisfy the interest of some prominent people in the state.
He said, “We discovered that every month, salaries are paid to children and housewives as local government staff. The system was to satisfy the interest of some prominent people. These family members reside in Kaduna, Kano and Abuja; they don’t even know the local government they claim to work, but collect salaries every month.”
Masari explained that the situation caused unnecessary financial burden on his administration and waste of government resources.
“Every month, we spend N3.4 billion to pay local government salaries against N2.1 billion we receive from federation account. Last month (May), we couldn’t pay salaries for local government staff because we need a bail out of N1.1 billion, and where to source for the money.”
Masari said his administration resolved to embark on verification of local government staff to fish out ghost workers and save money for the government.
He said the verification was not intended to witch hunt anybody, but to sanitise the system at the local government councils.

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