John Shiklam in Kaduna
The Kaduna state government has announced the withdrawal of the salaries of 13, 336 workers from its payroll.
The Head of Service, Mrs. Alisabethan Onazi, disclosed this at a press conference in Kaduna.
She said the decision follows a series of verification exercises embarked upon by the state government which found the workers wanting.
According to her, the affected workers will have to undergo a re-verification to prove that they are genuine.
On assumption of office last year, the state government embarked on a series of biometric verifications to identify ghost workers and reduce the huge wage bill.
Onazi said the affected workers would be personally verified by Governor Nasir El-Rufai.
She said the state’s 88,000 workforce had been reduced to 75,000 workers following the verification of exercise.
Onazi added that out of the 75,000 workers duly screened by a special committee which was headed by her, the 13, 336 workers removed from the payroll still had questions to answer.
According to her, “They will need to undergo re-verification, but this time it is not a committee that will handle the exercise, but the governor himself.”
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