By Ayinde Olaide
Bauchi State Government Secretary Alhaji Mohammed Baba said the government has temporarily suspended the salaries of 715 suspected ghost workers.
Baba said this while addressing reporters on the results of Wednesday’s meeting of the State Executive Council at Government House in Bauchi.
“We have their lists and the reason for stopping each pay has been clearly provided.
“What the government wants to do is ask the commissioners in charge of the different ministries as well as the departments and agencies to take their own list and come back to these people, sit down and question them.
“It’s good if it’s something that can be fixed, but if it can’t, then that’s automatically the kind of thing we say about ghost workers in the system.
“Certainly the government cannot continue to pay people who do not deserve to be paid,” Baba said.
He said the government discovered that the system used for the payment of wages in the state had been compromised.
According to him, the purpose of the briefing is to tell you about the progress the government has made in addressing the wage challenges in the state.
“The intention of the committee set up about four weeks ago is to have a wage bill, where the state is not left out.
“Since we arrived there has been the hue and cry that there are a lot of ghost workers in the state payroll, the intention is to tackle this problem squarely.
“There is collusion between beneficiaries and staff members as the software we use has been open to a lot of manipulation, therefore we cannot rely on it,” Baba said.
In addition, Mr. Abdulrasak Zaki, the commissioner for local government and chiefdom affairs, said it was discovered that the names of a large number of local government retirees were still on the payroll.
Zaki described the development as “totally unacceptable”, saying “we are doing everything we can to remove them from the payroll.”
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