The 196 Zamfara Government House workers labelled as ghost workers by a staff verification committee set up by government yesterday faulted the claim, saying said they were genuinely employed by the immediate past administration.
Speaking to Daily Trust in Gusau yesterday, a leader of the disengaged workers, Nura Imam, said, “we were employed through the right channel during the last administration. The then governor gave approval after the head of service, Muhammed Bello Umar, wrote a memo in that regard. We are not ghost or redundant workers as we all have our qualification and schedule of duties; our only offence was that we were employed by the past administration.
“We have gone to the Speaker of the state assembly, the chairman of NLC and the chairman of the state civil service commission to complain over the wrongfully inclusion of our names in the ghost workers’ list”.
Report of the staff verification committee showed that more than half of the Zamfara State Government House staff are ghost and redundant.
The report also showed that at least a quarter of the civil servants in the state are made up of fake names, those of housewives, and children of politicians. It further revealed that thousands of workers found their way into the service with forged certificates.
The committee also uncovered 7,339 ghost and redundant workers on the government’s payroll, saying of the 28,183 workers being paid salaries, only 21,067 were genuinely working for the state government.