The government of Borno state has exposed twenty-two thousand, five hundred and fifty-six ghost workers.
This development occurred following two simultaneous verification exercises ordered by the State Governor, Prof Babagana Zulum.
The total number of ghost workers was contained in separate reports presented to the governor on Wednesday. One report was presented by the committee on local government staff verification, chaired by Senator Kaka Malam Yale. And another report was on primary school teachers, chaired by Dr. Shettima Kullima.
The reports disclosed that 14,762 ghost workers were within the local government pay system, while 7,794 ghost teachers were also identified.
Funds Saved Due Verification
A total figure of over N420 million was saved, according to the data presented to the Governor. This amount came from about N183.6 million recovered in bogus teachers salary while another N237 million was recovered from ghost staff of local governments.
In one of the two report presentations, the chairman of the Primary School Teachers verification committee, Dr. Shettima Kullima explained that the total number of primary school teachers in the 27 local government areas was 26,450 before the verification. He also noted that 24,250 teachers took part in the exercise while about 2,204 did not appear before the committee.
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Kullima also added that the total gross salary of the teachers before the verification was N693 million. However, after 18,656 staff were cleared for biometric data capture, the figure had now reduced to N509 million. This led to the saving of N183 million.
In the other presentation, Senator Kaka Malam Yale, who chaired the committee for local government staff verification, said, at the end of the exercise, the number of staff dropped from 71,568 to 56,806. Salary also dropped from N1.1 billion to N965 million.
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After receiving both reports, Governor Babagana Zulum said the verification exercise along with several other measures were taken to make the local government a veritable tool for local transformation.
The governor also said the primary school teachers’ verification was aimed at improving the standards of education. He then noted that his administration attached high priority to primary education.