From Noah Ebije, Kaduna
Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, yesterday, personally screened and cleared 21 workers whose employment were in doubt.
Head of Service, Mrs Elizaberth Onazi had earlier this year referred some workers who had problem with biometric verification exercise to the office of the governor for further clarification.
However, meeting with the affected employees, yesterday, for verification in the first batch, el-Rufai personally authenticated genuine workers, and asked suspected ghost workers to prove their case otherwise.
The governor noted that all affected employees had issues based on having duplicate or multiple Personnel Sub-head Numbers (PSNs).
“That means two or more workers had been assigned the same PSN and the payroll recognises only one. Twenty-one persons in this batch were able to provide documents that verify their status and they were cleared.
“Each received an apology for the difficulties they had faced. They were assured that they will be restored to the payroll, and all their arrears paid.
“While resolving the multiple PSN issues that had entangled these officers, four possible ghost workers were identified and it was agreed that these four persons be provided an opportunity to clear their names.
“These four persons have a week to come forward and table all documents that can testify to their bonafides.”
One of the authenticated staff, Monica PZ Ango,who works with the Dental Centre, an agency of the Ministry of Health and Human Services, said her problem was that she shared her Personnel Sub-head Number with three other employees as a result of which her salary was stopped from February 2016.
Describing her interaction with El-rufai, she said: “He thoroughly checked our documents to see what the problems were. In fact, he did a good work and I appreciate him for taking time out to listen to the plight of those of us affected.
“Some of us have not been paid for eight to nine months and the experience so far is not good but, we thank God we have scaled through and he has listened to us and has assured us that something will be done concerning our issues.”
Another staff, Amina Abubakar, who works with the Private Schools Board under the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, said she shared a PSN number with one Lawal Ya’u who is serving with a school in Birnin Gwari.
“My interaction with the governor was a perfect opportunity for me because I had never been to Government House. Our governor is a good man who has the plight of people in his heart, especially civil servants.
“I feel satisfied that the governor gave us assurance that soon, we will get our salaries arrears and the problems will be rectified,” she said.