From Oladele Oguntimehin
Adamawa State Government has uncovered 12,609 ghost workers in the state’s local government’s payroll.
Mr. Maurice Vunobolki, the chairman of the Local Government Staff Verification Committee in the state, disclosed this yesterday, while presenting the committee’s report to Governor Muhammadu Jibrilla in Yola.
Vunobolki said 38,760 workforce was cleared and migrated to the e-payment database as against 51, 369 earlier presented to the committee.
He said over 5,000 workers did not turn up for the verification exercise, while 1,780 among those that turned up were under aged employees.
He said 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.
Governor Jibrilla 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 local government workers to remain patient as their four months outstanding salaries would be paid before the end of June.
Jibrilla directed the Ministry of Local Government Affairs to furnish his office with details on local government and state joint account.