Bauchi State government says it has sanitised its payroll system and removed 715 civil servants from the payroll system who were infiltrated as ghost workers in the service.
The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mohammed Sabiu Baba who made the disclosure at a press conference in Bauchi on Wednesday during the State Executive Council meeting, more work is been done to completely rid corruption in the system.
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He said the aim of the press briefing was to keep the people of the state abreast with the progress the government is making in addressing issues regarding salaries in the state.
Sabiu Baba argued that the intention of the committee set up about four weeks ago was to have a sanitized payroll system.
“Since we came, there has been the hue and cry that there are many ghost workers in the state payroll, the intention is to address that issue squarely and from what we have started, we have seen that there are lots of evidence that there are ghost workers and so many malpractices.
“The early system for payment of salaries and wages in Bauchi state has been compromised. There is a collusion between the beneficiaries and the staff to the extent that the software we are using has been opened to a a lot of manipulations, therefore, we cannot place any reliability on it”, he added.
LEADERSHIP recalls that the state government has been battling ghost workers’ menace in its system since the time of the former governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar.