By Suzan Edeh
A committee set up by Bauchi State government to verify its workforce says 1,326 ghost workers exist in the state civil service.
This revelation was made by the chairman of the committee, Alhaji Ahmed Suleiman, while submitting his report to the state governor at the Government House, Bauchi.
He stated that his committee was able to verify 28,270 civil servants out of over 29,000 contained in the payroll of the state, adding that only 13 civil servants have indicated their interest to teach in schools.
Suleiman said his committee was opportune to visit many places of work of the state civil servants in order to see the reality aimed at presenting factual figures of the state workforce to the government.
He explained that during the exercise, the committee discovered that 122 workers had bad records while 76 had different illnesses as well as 281 who had attained 35 years in service or had reached 65 years of age but still in service.
Receiving the report, Governor Isa Yuguda commended the committee for a job well done and assured that the state government would study the report carefully in order to implement it for the betterment of the state.