The Bauchi State Bank Verification Committee has uncovered about 596 ghost workers and pensioners on the state and local governments’ payroll.
Recall that Governor Bala Mohammed had set up a committee to fish out ghost workers and pensioners on the state payroll within three months.
The chairman of the committee, Adamu Gumba, while briefing newsmen on Monday in Bauchi, disclosed that about 30,226 workers comprising state workers, local government workers and pensioners were screened in the state.
However, according to him, about 4,578 people did not appear before the Committee to be verified.
“Out of the 30,226 people that we screened, 24,736 have been cleared for payment. We discovered that 596 dead people were on the payroll.
“For those who did not show up, maybe they will have another chance to be verified by the implementation committee to be set up. I think they are suspects and everything must be done to identify them.
“If the entire 130,000 workers in the state and local governments, including pensioners, are verified, more ghost workers will be discovered because logically, if we could uncover ghost workers from the 30,226 people, how much more will be discovered if the entire number were verified.”
He further assured that all those verified and cleared by the committee but have yet to receive their 3 months salaries and allowances will now be paid without any further delay.