Kano discovers 7,629 ghost workers on payroll -HoS

No fewer than 7,629 ghost workers have been deleted from the data base of Kano State Government, just as 17 civil servants who have been collecting double salaries under the state payroll will soon face prosecution and dismissal.

This was made known by the state  Head of Service, Alhaji  Muhammad Awwal Naiya while speaking at a press conference in his office, yesterday, he said the "ghost workers" were discovered following a Biometric Data Capture exercise which was conducted by a team of consultants hired by the state government.

The HoS, who described the exercise as on-going, said of 86,373 forms submitted to the consultants handling the exercise,  only 71,479 workers were captured while 7,629 purported to be workers had so far not appeared to be captured.

The conference which was designed to brief journalists on the on going biometric exercise for civil servants in the state also revealed that since the discovery of ghost workers, Kano State is saving N283, 580,848.44 being amount paid to ghost workers on monthly basis.

According to the Head of Service, Kano State currently has a workforce of over 150, 000 civil servants, while it pays over N8 billion as monthly salary.

Na'iya explained that 17 members of staff were also discovered to be collecting double salary amounting to over N1 million per month, adding that investigation into their matter was on as they will face prosecution and be made to return state fund soonest.

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