The committee set up to to authenticate the Bank Verification Number (BVN) details of Bauchi State civil servants and pensioners dugged 22,448 ghost workers and pensioners on the state and local government nominal and pay rolls pocketing 225,519000,737 million between October, 2019 to June, 2020.
The committee was set up by Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed under the leadership of Senator Adamu Ibrahim Gumba disclosed this after concluding its assignment on Wednesday at a press conference in Bauchi.
Mr. Abdon Dalla Gin who is the Senior Special Assistant to the The Governor on Civil Service matters, represented the Chairman of the committee.
Mr. Dalla Gin said the committee worked with 41, 448 civil servants cutting across both salary and pensions pay rolls of the state and the 20 local governments of the state.
Mr. Dalla Gin said “out of the 41,448 civil servants and pensioners given to the committee, 22,448 could not show up for physical verification and authentication of their BVN details with the committee as required.”
Mr. Dalla Gin said, the committee extended announcements to the them urging them come forward for verification through radio and other media platforms but they not show up their face before the committee.”
Mr. Dalla Gin added that the verification committee identified ” the totality of sum of N225,519,737 as savings for the government from the verification and implementation exercise, from the October 2019 to June, 2020.”
Parts of the discoveries of the committee, according to Mr.Dalla Gin include 112 state and 284 local government workers failed to appear for physical verification due to death; overage cashing over 20 million monthly.
“Discovery of 312 deceased Local Government Pensioners on the nominal and payroll. The monthly value is over 9 million naira. They have been permanently removed from both the nominal roll and payroll,” Mr. Dalla Gin said.
Mr.Dalla Gin further revealed that the committee uncovered 11 workers collecting double salaries on government payroll through their July-September statement of account; three workers were found to be collecting salaries from the state and N-Power scheme programme.
To Mr. Dalla Gin, the Bank Verification Committee recommended that government to appoint team of experts to review the pre-service Scheme Policy to avoid waste and ensure maximum financial savings.
“Local Government Pension Desk Officers to be in possession of comprehensive and up-to-date list of their pensioners for accuracy; the Ministry of Health to constitute a Medical Board for the purpose of conducting an examination on one staff discovers to be mentally ill,” Mr.Dalla Gin said.
Mr. Dalla Gin commended the forsight of Governor Bala Mohammed for giving the committee the nod to execute its recommendations for “more efficiency and cost saving .”
Mr Dalla Gin said the committee was able to complete its assignment despite being suspended twice for reasons COVID-19; suspension and reconstruction of the Secretariat of the committee.
The term of reference of the committee is to authenticate the Bank Verification Number of over 41,000 workers and pensioners on both the state and local governments payrolls.
The committee is made up of 20 members with representation from the organised labour.