Mr. Sunday Hyat the Head of Service of Plateau State has disclosed that the state Government will remove 413 workers from its payroll.
He said those to be stroke out are the civil servants supposed to have retired, retired but still have their names on staff payroll as well as those that have died.
Mr. Hyat said the decision was based on deliberations on the report submitted by the committee on Staff Audit and Verification of Civil Servants last year.
He said the gesture would help in sanitizing the civil service to improve productivity and provide employment opportunities for many young graduates, who will help to revamp the service.
The Head of Service expressed concern that some people who have died still had their names on the state’s payroll for a long time, while people who were supposed to retire changed their documents to avert the action.
Hyat noted that the committee on staff verification also recommended that the production and issuance of staff Identity Cards should be centralized.
He said, “the committee found out that especially in Ministry of Education not fewer than 300 staff were still holding ID cards purportedly signed and issued by a former secretary to the state government who left office in 2007. The recommendation is that ID cards must be reissued after five years to control impostors”.
Speaking, Mr. Dan Manjang, the Commissioner for information and communication said the council approved that 316 staff be removed from the payroll of the government, because of their absence during the verification exercise.
“The committee found out that 566 officers in 34 MDAs were wrongly placed. The head of Service and the Civil Service Commission have been mandated to make sure that they are properly placed. The committee also found out that 722 officers in 49 MDAs altered and falsified their records.”
Mr. Manjang explained that following the findings of the report, the state executive council has suspended and placed an embargo on conversion, especially into administrative officers and account cadres in the civil service.