From Tom Garba, Yola
Following the establishment of electronic payment system (E-payment), Adamawa State Government has uncovered over 3,000 ghost workers in its workforce.
The Head of Civil Service in the state, Barr. Musa Kaibo, who disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Yola yesterday, confirming that the introduction of e-payment to pay the salary of workers assisted the government in discovering the criminal trend in the civil service of the state.
Kaibo confirmed that N200 million was being saved monthly in government coffers since the introduction of the electronic pay roll system last year.
“With the introduction of e-payment salary system to pay the state civil servants, government was able to block and detect about 3,000 fake workers and save N200million naira monthly into its coffers.” Kaibo said.
He said that before the implementation of the electronic payroll, the total workforce of the state government was 15,000. After verification, this dropped to 13,000.
He said that the current administration in the state would soon implement the new salary payroll based on the last screening exercise.
Kaibo said that the state government would fully implement the new payroll in the August 2015, salary with effect from this week.
He observed that following the successful introduction of the system at the state level, the state government has now extended the verification to the local government.
“Governor Muhammadu Jibrilla, having seen the advantage of e-payment in the payment of worker’s salary in the state, has approved that this should be extended to our workers at the local governments.” Kaibo added.
He observed that the introduction of the e- payment was based on the interest of the workers, emphasizing that the payroll system would solve many problems affecting the usual manual approach being used before.
He listed the gains of e-payment to workers to include the complete elimination of fake workers, delayed or non-payment, among others.