8,000 ghost workers uncovered in Kano

The committee set up by the Kano State Government to audit workers under the state civil service has discovered over 8,000 ghost workers in the pay roll of the state government.

The Commissioner for Information, Internal Affairs, Youths, Sports and Culture, Umar Faruk, disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Kano on Thursday.

He was speaking on the outcome of the state Executive Council meeting held on Wednesday.

According to him, the figure is contained in an interim report of the committee on the on-going capture of biometric data of workers in the state and local government service.

“The report highlighted the progress made so far in which over 8,000 ghost workers were identified in the interim report,” he stated.

The commissioner also disclosed that the council had approved N3.1 billion for the execution of 11 projects.

“These include N1.7 billion approved for the State Universal Basic Education Board to utilise the 2011 matching grant to construct classrooms and provide teachers and students’ furniture.”

Mr. Faruk said the council had similarly approved N740 million being share capital for the 37 proposed Micro Finance Banks across the state. 

According to him, N197.8 million was also approved for the supply of 2,300 tonnes of Aluminium Sulphate for the treatment of water at various water plants in the state.

He added that the council had agreed to release N66.1 million to facilitate the third batch of the government’s Animal Traction Programme.

“While N24.4 million was also approved for the construction of overflow parking lots in front of the state government house. 

“And N15.9 million for the construction of drainage and other civil works around the same premises.” Mr. Faruk also said that the government has set up a committee to lookinto the cases of “incompetent lecturers” in some tertiary institutions in the state. 

According to him, this is with a view to sanitise the system and revert those affected to their rightful positions.

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