Kano, NLC disagree on ghost workers

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Ted Odogwu, Kano

The Kano State Government and the Nigeria Labour Congress have expressed divergent views on the number of ‘ghost’ workers in the state’s civil service.

Chairman, Kano NLC, Kabiru Minjibir, stated that the alleged number of ‘ghost’ workers in the state’s civil service might be misleading and unrealistic.

Kano State Head of Service, Muhammad Naiya, had earlier disclosed to newsmen that the state government discovered about 8,763 ‘ghost’ workers in the state’s civil service.

The HoS put the cost of the money paid to the ‘ghost’ workers at N266,642,700 monthly.

Also, the state government disclosed that it had uncovered 17 ‘super civil servants’ on the payroll of the Hospital Management Board and Primary Health care Management Board, siphoning not less than N1,010,053.15 from government’s coffers monthly.

Naiya added disclosed that the fake public workers were unmasked during the ongoing biometric data capturing exercise being executed by three private consultants.

However, the state NLC chairman insisted that the government was in hurry to jump into conclusion that those uncovered were ‘ghost’ workers at a time when many civil servants were undergoing training at home and abroad, while some were incapacitated to participate in the biometric exercise due to illness.

The HoS said, “Twenty-five thousand, two hundred and forty-four workers across the 68 MDAs were captured, while 3,938 failed to show up after collecting data capturing forms.”

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