Skye Bank Plc has said it successfully implemented a biometric and verification exercise for Nasarawa State government, which will help the state save a total of N990 million per annum in the form of leakages.
A statement from the bank quoted the Executive Director, Abuja and Northern Directorate, Skye Bank Plc, Mr. Idris Yakubu, to have disclosed this in Lafia while presenting the report of the biometric and verification exercise to Governor Umaru Al-Makura. Yakubu said the exercise would save the state an estimated monthly cost savings of N82.5 million.
Yakubu said the report, when implemented, would go a long way in blocking leakages, and in saving funds that can be applied in initiatives and ventures that will help create more job opportunities for youth in the State.
According to the bank director, the recommendations in the report would be very useful in the effective management of the scarce resources accruing to the state government.
“This project, Your Excellency is a demonstration of the commitment of Skye Bank Plc in supporting the socio economic development of Nasarawa State and the Government of His Excellency, Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura,”Yakubu said.
He gave the objectives of the exercise which involved all staff of the state government and local government areas, State Universal Basic Education Board employees and pensioners to include the verification of all persons on the state payroll, capture the basic biometric details of civil servants and workers including the pensioners.
Others are to eliminate the existence of ghost workers and to produce a clean data base containing the names of all workers that can be used for payroll automation.
Yakubu also thanked the governor for his confidence in Skye Bank to undertake the biometric and staff verification exercise.
In his response, Governor Al-Makura thanked Skye Bank for a good job and promised that the report would be implemented to block leakages and stop waste in public expenditure.
The governor expressed happiness that the success of the exercise would assist the state to automate the payroll administration system in the state and eliminate the ghost workers syndrome.