Borno uncovers 10,000 ghost workers

The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, has said the state government has uncovered more than 10,000ghost workers out of the 25,000 civil servants in the its work force.

The governor, according to the News Agency of Nigeria, made this known in a radio and television broadcast in Maiduguri on Wednesday.

He said the workers were uncovered after a verification to determine the actual size of the state’s workforce.

He said, “You may recall that in December 2015, while presenting the 2016 budget at the House of Assembly, I promised to embark on staff verification to determine the actual size of the state civil service.

“We set up a high-powered committee chaired by the Secretary to the State Government to carry out a verification of the state civil service.”

Shettima said the committee verified only 19,763 workers out of the 25,000 workers on the state payroll.

“To finalise the exercise, a consultancy firm was hired for biometric data capture of the workers.

“As of today, 11, 397 workers had been dully captured as being bonafide staff of the state.

“Others –  about 7,392 workers have yet to be captured, out of which 4,000 workers have issues with their banks.

“There are also about 3,000 workers who failed to comply with the guidelines on the filling  of the verification forms,’’ he said.

The governor said he had directed the committee to sort out all those issues within one week to enable the state to pay those workers already captured.

Shettima pointed out that the entire salary of the 11, 397 workers captured stood at N1.129bn as against the usual N2.7bn.

“The entire salaries of the 11, 397 workers already captured stood at N1.129bn; that is about N2.258bn for the two months pending.

“I have directed the Ministry of Finance to pay the two months’ salaries to those workers.