|No fewer than 140 ghost workers have so far been unmasked by the Kano State Government in the state’s Civil Service during the on-going personnel verification exercise in the state.|
The state’s Head of Service, Shehu Minjibir, made the disclosure while addressing newsmen on the staff verification exercise in Kano on Friday.
Mr. Minjibir said that “so far, 23,781 staff have been captured in the state’s Civil Service with 17,219 still outstanding”.
He said that at the commencement of the exercise “41,000 bio-data forms were distributed to workers in the Civil Service, while 31,000 forms were similarly issued to workers in the 44 Local Governments in the state”.
The head of service said that “staff under the unified local government service have returned 25, 871 with all staff duly captured, leaving 5,242 outstanding”.
He said that 24 cases of under-aged workers and 16 over-aged ones had also been discovered so far at the local government level, noting that this was in addition to duplication of staff numbers involving over 100 workers and few cases of impersonation.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the State Government had last November engaged Fidelity and Unity Banks to conduct bio-metric data capturing of all civil servants, to ascertain the actual number of workers in the state.
Mr. Minjibir said the banks had since been directed to complete the exercise within the next two weeks to allow for data verification and validation, adding that this would ensure the harmonisation of validated data from the two services.
He said that “any default in submission of duly completed data forms or non-appearance for data capturing in respect of any MDA or staff will be regarded as non-existence”.