- The Bauchi state government has made a major discovery on the actual number of staff on its payroll
- A verification panel set up by the state government said that 596 ghost workers are said to be receiving salaries
- The panel also revealed that out of the 30,276 people suspected to be without BVN, only 24,736 of them were cleared
The Bauchi state government has discovered not less than 596 dead persons on its payroll after an investigation to verify the Bank Verification Number (BVN) of workers.
The chairman of the verification panel, Adamu Gumba, said that of the 30,276 people suspected to be without BVN, 24,736 people have been verified and cleared and their salaries and pensions would be paid in no time, The Guardian reports
Speaking with journalists on Monday, January 6, Gumba said: “We’ve not been able to clear 256 staff and despite the extension of time that we have waited for officers to come for the verification exercise, 4,578 consisting of both staff and pensioners refused to show up.
“Those that decided not to appear, we may not know, but clearly, they are suspects of ghost workers.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Governor Bala Mohammed on Wednesday, January 1, surprised workers in the state by announcing that his government had approved the new minimum wage of N30,000.
The announcement was confirmed in a statement by Alhaji Mohammed Baba, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG). The government also announced that the approval is with immediate effect.
“The executive governor of Bauchi state, Senator Bala Mohammad, has received the report of the committee of the state joint public service council on the implementation of the national minimum wage of N30,000 as set by the federal government.
“Government has accordingly approved the payment of the thirty thousand naira as minimum wage for employees in the state with effect from January 1, 2020,” the statement said.
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