The Kano State government, on Thursday, listed the chairman of the States’ branch of the National Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Kabiru Ado Minjibir, directors and assistant directors among the 7,629 ghost workers uncovered by the committee handling the workers’ verification exercise.
The Head of Service, Muhammad Auwal Na’Iya, had reported that the 7,629 ghost workers could not be verified by the exercise, and due to this, the state government saved N283,580,848 in the month of April.
In response to this development, the labour chairman, while addressing a press conference, said the on-going biometric capture exercise in the state was marred by irregularities.
Minjibir said: “There are so many workers including many executives of the NLC, directors of personnel managements of some local governments and assistant directors who were captured but listed among the ghost workers.
“We want to remind the government to be cognizant of some workers undergoing training outside the country after securing release from it,” he cautioned.
“We therefore call on the government to fully scrutinize the established figure from the interim report and ensure accurate data. As from our own side, labor will not take it lightly if any of our genuine workers or pensioners who underwent all verification processes were deleted from the payroll,” the chairman said.
He further advised the government to use whatever savings it generates from the exercise to settle the outstanding salaries and pension allowances.
He said: “Such funds should be use to settle the eight months’ salary arrears of teachers at Kano State Senior Secondary School Management Board and another eight months’ salary arrears of health workers under Primary Health Care Management Board and the unpaid gratuities, pension and death benefits of pensioners.”