Bauchi probes 41,448 ghost workers, screens BVN
Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has constituted a 17-member committee to investigate 41,448 workers and pensioners in the state civil service who don’t have Bank Verification Numbers.
The Senior Special Assistant on Media to the governor, Muktar Gidado, who disclosed this while speaking to journalists at the Government House in Bauchi on Tuesday, said Senator Adamu Gumba had been appointed as the chairman of the committee.
Gidado said the committee was to ascertain whether those without the BVN were workers and pensioners of the state government and to identify why they were being paid without the Bank Verification Numbers.
The committee is to also to identify government and bank officials involved in the perpetration of the infractions and recommend appropriate sanctions against them.
Gidado, who said the committee was mandated to submit its report within two weeks, called on the affected civil servants and pensioners to support the committee to ensure a hitch-free and timely completion of the assignment.
Recall that the state government had stated that it discovered that more than 41, 000 civil servants on the government’s payroll in the administration of salaries and pension in the state and local governments were paid without Bank Verification Numbers.
The Commissioner for Information and Communications, Dr Ladan Salihu, in a statement, said the 41,000 represented more than 40 per cent of the state’s workforce as the total number of staff members on the state and local government payroll was 83,885.
He added that the number of state and local government pensioners was 17,314, bringing the total Staff strength on the payroll to 101,199.
Salihu disclosed that the state government had directed that salaries meant for the 41,488 names on the payroll without BVN be withheld by the state’s accountant general until after investigation.