William Attah, Gombe
Gombe State Government says it was able to save over N37m after running it’s biometric capture of all civil servants in the State during the month of April, 2021.
This amount includes that of the two Local Government Areas of Akko and Gombe from the eleven LGAs of the State where the biometric capture was also run. The biometric capture will be a continuous exercise.
According to the State Commissioner of Finance, Alhaji Gambo Magaji, during a press briefing organized in conjunction with the office of the Head of Civil Service, Alhaji Bappayo Yahaya, who is also the Chairman of the committee, no fewer than 668 staff who could also be described as ghost workers were affected.
He said the affected workers did not show up for verification after the commencement of the enrollment, hence their suspension from the payroll of both the State Government and the two Local Government Areas.
Giving a run down, the Commissioner said 431 Workers from the 84 Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the State Government were affected where over N31m was recovered.
In Gombe LGA, the Commissioner revealed that out of the 103 that were absent during the biometric capture, 59 were staff of the Local Education Authority with over N3.1m saved through the exercise.
In Akko, he said, out of the 134 staff absent during the biometric capture, 51 were found to be staff of the Local Education Authority with over N3.9m saved through the exercise.
He warned that it will not be business as usual as dire consequences await anyone found tampering with the biometric data capture machine that has been installed in all the affected offices where the exercise was carried out.