Ghost Workers: Kaduna Begins Biometric Verification Of Civil Servants

Nasir-El-RufaiThe Kaduna State Government has moved to identify ghost workers in its work force with its announcement of the commencement of biometric verification from Wednesday.

A statement by Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan, said the exercise was designed to provide government with an accurate and reliable data of all civil servants in its employ.

“Data collected from the exercise will enable the government to determine if the billions of naira spent monthly on staff salary is actually going to genuine staff”, he said.

Aruwan added that data collected from the exercise will enable the government determine if the billions of naira sunk monthly on workers’ wages are being paid to identifiable and verifiable civil servants, and make savings from an updated personnel record.

“A circular signed by the Head of Service, Alisabatu Dada Onazi, said that the biometric registration exercise will be conducted simultaneously in the three zones, from locations in Kaduna, Kafanchan and Zaria.

“The circular also specified the order in which the personnel from each ministry are expected to appear for the exercise, and advised that civil servants must bring their letter of appointment, letter of last promotion and means of identification, which should be any of the following: national identity card, driver’s license, permanent voter’s card or international passport.

“The Head of Service directed that civil servants should physically appear before the verification team for screening and collection of their salary cheques for the month of June 2015”, the statement noted.

Meanwhile the Kaduna State Government last week signed a Memorandum of Understanding with United Bank for Africa and Zenith Bank to partner in updating the civil service payroll.

The biometric verification exercise is scheduled to end on July 8.