The Bauchi State government is still paying salaries and allowances a total of 596 civil servants who have died and still have their names on the payroll, a panel has revealed.
Adamu Gumba, the panel’s Chairman, disclosed this at a press conference in Bauchi, the state capital, on Monday.
Bala Mohammed, Governor of Bauchi State, had set-up a 17-man panel upon his inauguration to verify the identity of the workers in the state’s civil service.
The panel was constituted after the state government said it had identified 41, 488 workers on its payroll do not have the compulsory Bank Verification Number (BVN).
Gumba explained that in the process of conducting the screening exercise, the panel discovered that over 500 deceased workers have not had their name expunged from the government’s payroll.
This, according to him, means that such individuals are being paid salaries and allowances even though they are no longer alive.
He also stated that the state government has put more than 4,000 people on the same payroll under suspicion of being ghost workers.
According to him, the persons were placed under watch after they failed to turn up for the month-long verification exercise.
Gumba explained that the panel has completed its assignment and would submit its report with a list of recommendations to Governor Mohammed.