No fewer than 12,609 ghost workers have been uncovered in the Adamawa State Government’s payroll.
Chairman of the Local Government Staff Verification Committee, Maurice Vunobolki, who presented the report of the committee to Governor Muhammadu Jibrilla Bindow in Yola on Thursday, said that 38,760 workforce was cleared and migrated to the e-payment data base as against 51,369 earlier presented to the committee.
He said that over 5,000 workers did not turn up for the verification exercise, while 1,780 among those that turn up were under aged employees.
He said that the gross figure after validation as at May 2016 stood at N1,366,632,447.2, resulting in gross monthly consequence of N341,584,091.60 and N4,094,140,059.60 annually.
While thanking the governor for finding them worthy to serve in the committee, Vunobolki said the report contained findings, observations and recommendations for further action by the government.
“It is therefore, hoped that government will find this report relevant and useful for the implementation of e-payment salary regime for local governments in the state,” he said.
Responding, Bindow lauded the committee for a job well done and vowed to prosecute anyone found wanting.
The governor said his administration was committed to addressing delay in payment of salaries at council level by placing council workers on first line charge.
He appealed to the local government workers to remain patient as their four months outstanding salaries would be paid before the end of June.
Bindow directed the Ministry of Local Government Affairs to furnish his office with details on local government/state joint account. [myad]