by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
About 715 persons have been identified and remove from payroll of Bauchi State Civil Service, as “ghost workers,” in its bid to checkmate (ghost workers) syndrome.
This development was disclosed by Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alh Muhammad Sabiu Baba, while briefing journalists recently in the state, on the outcome of the State Executive Council meeting, which held at Government House Bauchi.
The scribe said this action became necessary, in order for the state government to address the issue of payment of salary to civil servants and to tackle the issue of ghost workers on the government payroll.
He revealed that this was a follow-up of Governor Bala Abdulkadir’s move, about four weeks ago, to set up a committee to sensitize its payroll system.
The SSG noted that, the committee had since discovered lots of evidences that there are ghost workers and some many malpractices in the payment of salaries.
He narrated that, the system for Payment of Salaries and Wages in the state had been compromised to the extent that the software deployed in the payment had been manipulated with the connivance of staffs and ghost workers.
The SSG said, since they came on board, there has been the hue and cry that there are so many ghost workers in the state payroll, adding that, “We have seen that there is a lot of evidence that there are ghost workers and so many malpractices.
“The early system for Payment of Salaries and Wages in the state has been compromised. There is collusion between the beneficiaries and the staffs to extent that the software they are using has been open to a lot of manipulations, and we cannot place any reliability on it.
“Commissioners, heads of ministries, departments and agencies in the state would be given the lists of those ghost workers affected in their MDAs to go and interview them,” Alh Baba said.