The Gombe State Government says it has uncovered 431 ghost workers and suspended them from its payroll system for the month of May.
This was disclosed by the Committee for the Integrated Payroll Payent Gateway and Human Resource Management Information System (IPPGHMIS)
Briefing journalists on the development, the Commissioner of Finance and Economic Development, Muhammad Magaji, also disclosed that another 691 staff are billed for investigation due to insufficient attendance as indicated by the biometric data capture machine.
The commissioner explained that from the 431 ghost staff, mostly from the health sector, the state was able to make savings of about N27 million.
He said the government withheld about N62 million from the 691 staff from the health sector and are billed for investigation for insufficient attendance.
He equally revealed that based on the earlier directive issued by the government for workers on grade levels 1‐12 to work from home as part of measures against COVID-19, a total of 244 staff with a total salary strength of about N7 million were also captured by the biometric to indicate transparency and accountability.