- The Bauchi state government has taken a strong step to eliminate ghost workers on its payroll
- The secretary to the state government, Alhaji Mohammed Baba, said the government has stopped paying 715 people suspected to be ghost workers
- Baba said the state can no longer be paying people who do not deserve to be paid
Alhaji Mohammed Baba, the secretary to the Bauchi state government, says the government has temporarily stopped paying the salaries of 715 workers.
Legit.ng gathers that he made this known on Wednesday, April 21, after the State Executive Council at the Government House in Bauchi.
“We have their lists and the reason for stopping every salary has been clearly provided.
“What the government wants to do is to ask the commissioners in charge of the different ministries as well as departments and agencies to make their own list and go back to those people, sit down and interview them.
“It’s fine if it is something that can be sorted out but if it cannot, then, that automatically is the kind of thing we are saying about ghost workers in the system.
”Definitely, the government cannot continue to pay people that do not deserve to be paid."
He said that the government discovered that the system used for salary payment in the state had been compromised and can no longer be relied on, The Guardian also reported.
According to him, a committee had earlier been set up to address the salary challenges in the state.
Baba said the state government has received several complaints that there are many ghost workers in the state payroll, adding that the issue will be addressed squarely.
In other news, the Bauchi state governor, Bala Mohammed, has accused some elected and appointed public officers who are members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) of fraud.
He added that the state government had already petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) on the matter.