Kano discovers over seven thousand ghost workers

Acheme Jack, Kano

The Kano state government in its fight against corruption has discovered about 7,629 suspected ghost workers in its pay roll resulting to over N283.5 million monthly lost to the state.

The Head of Service of the state, Muhamad Na’Iya during a press briefing said the discovery was made in an interim report of the Biometric Data Verification-BVN exercise going on in the state

 “We suspect they are ghost workers because we started the exercise in February and this is April and they have not shown up for reasons best known to them,” Na’iya said.

Twofold salaries
He said among them, 17 staff was discovered to be collecting double salaries amounting to over one million Naira per month.

He stated that the exercises were conduct d amongst Ministries, Departments and Agencies ,MDA, Local government Areas, LGAs, SUBEB, the Judiciary, Pension and the two state owned Universities who took money directly from the Ministry of Finance.

“In the interim report, so far 15 LGAs, 14 SUBEB areas, pensioners in the 44 LGAs have been verified by the three consultancy firms we engaged for the exercise. The total discovery will be out when the final report is submitted,” Na’iya said.

He further stated that, “Those involved would be identified, issued query, dismissed, monies recovered through prosecution and imprisonment where possible through the court.”

He added that despite the dwindling economy Kano remains one of the States in the nation that is still paying its salary as when due monthly worth over eight billion Naira.