A committee set up by the Bauchi State to authenticate Bank Verification Number (BVN) details of the State civil servants and pensioners has recovered N225,519,000,737 from ghost workers and pensioners on the state and local government nominal and pay rolls.
The verification committee says the uncovered ghost workers have pocketed the N225, 519,000,737 million between October, 2019 to June, 2020.
The committee which was set up by Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed and chaired by Senator Adamu Ibrahim Gumba disclosed that after concluding its assignment the committee had unearthed many anomalies within the State’s nominal roll.
The Chairman of the committee represented by Mr. Abdon Dalla Gin, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Civil Service matters said 41, 448 civil servants cutting across both salary and pensions were presented to the committee for verification.
Mr. Dalla Gin said “out of the 41,448 civil servants and pensioners given to the committee, 22,448 could not show up for physical verification and authentication of their BVN details with the committee as required.”
Mr. Dalla Gin said the committee used various means of communication to invite the remaining workers for verification, but regretted most of them could not show up.
Gin added that the verification committee identified “the totality of sum of N225,519,737 as savings for the government from the verification and implementation exercise, from the October 2019 to June, 2020.”
Parts of the discoveries of the committee, according to Mr. Dalla Gin include 112 state and 284 local government workers who failed to appear for physical verification due to death, over-age, but cashing over 20 million naira monthly.
He said the committee has also discovered 312 deceased Local Government Pensioners on the payroll of the state government.
He said the monthly value of what they gulped is over 9 million naira. “They have been permanently removed from both the nominal roll and payroll,” Mr. Dalla Gin said.
The Adviser stated that the committee uncovered 11 workers collecting double salaries on government payroll through their July-September statement of accounts; three workers were found to be collecting salaries from the state and N-Power programme.
He said the Bank Verification Committee recommended that the government should appoint a team of experts to review the pre-service Scheme Policy to avoid waste and ensure maximum financial savings.
Mr. Dalla Gin commended Governor Bala Mohammed for giving the committee the nod to execute its assignment.