Bauchi State government has uncovered 596 dead Civil Servants in its monthly payroll in the past few years.
The revelation was made the Verification Committee that was set up by the State government to ascertain the number of Civil Servants in the State for necessary salaries adjustment.
The Committee was set up at the instance of the State governor, Bala Mohammed to among others, check the huge monthly salaries of Civil Servants in the State.
Chairman of the Committee, Adamu Ibrahim Gumba disclosed this at a Media briefing on Monday.
He said the assignment took about three months, while a total of.4,578 people abdicated to appear before the Committee to be verified.
Giving a breakdown of the figures, Gumba, said 24,736 people made up of State workers, Local Government workers and pensioners were verified and cleared by the Committee and have started receiving their salaries and allowances.
On those who abdicated to appear before the Committee, he said that the government would take steps to critically examine the issues.
According to him, if the entire 130,000 workers in the State and Local Government Areas, as well as pensioners, will be verified. Ghost workers will be discovered because as he puts it.
“If we can uncover ghost workers from the 30,226 verified, how much more will be discovered if the entire number were verified”.
He then assured that all those verified and clear by the committee but have not received their 3 months salaries and allowances will now be paid without any further delay declaring that already the State Governor, Sen Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir has approved the immediate payment of the arrears of the salaries.
Adamu Gumba, assured that whatever amount will be saved from the exercise will be used by the government to improve the welfare of the state civil service for optimum service delivery.
He said the government will soon lift the embargo placed on the recruitment of new staff into public Service while professionals would replace those who have retired because according to him, “most MDAs are lacking professionals in service”.