By Ibrahim Shuaibu
About 8,000 ghost workers have been discovered in the pay roll of Kano State Government, the state Commissioner for Information, Internal Affairs, Youths Sports and Culture, Dr. Umar Farouk Jibril has revealed.
He said: “The report highlighted the progress made so far in which over 8,000 ghost workers were identified pending the completion of the exercise.”
Jibril, who told journalists at Government House yesterday that the figure was contained in an interim report of the on-going biometric data exercise in respect of the state and local government staff, pointed out that the state government inherited about 43,000 staff from the former administration of Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, stating that the report now showed that only 34,000 were clear by the biometric data committee.
The commissioner disclosed that the state government approved an expenditure of N3, 176, 917, 530. 42 for the execution of 11 projects, including about N1.7 billion which was approved to allow the state Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB utilise the 2011 matching grant fund to construct classrooms and provide teachers’ and students’ furniture.
According to him, the sum of N740 million was approved as share capital for the 37 proposed Micro Finance banks across the state while N197.8 million was meant for the supply of 2,300 metric tons of aluminium sulphate for the treatment of water at various water plants in the state.
Jibril added that the state government also agreed to release N66.1 million to facilitate the third batch of the government’s Animal Traction Programme, N24.4 million for the construction of overflow parking lots in front of the state government house and N15.9 million for the construction of drainages and other civil works around the same premises.
Meanwhile, the state government has expressed dismay on the cases of incompetent lectures at some tertiary institutions in the state and set up a committee under the state Commissioner for Higher Education to look into the matter with a view to sanitise the system and revert those affected to their rightful positions.
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