The Governor of Bauchi state in North east Nigeria, Senator Bala Abdul-Kadir Mohammed says over forty one thousand civil servants who have been collecting salaries in the last three years do not have Bank Verification Numbers (BVN) as required by law.
The Governor disclosed this while briefing Journalists in the state on some of the challenges encountered by his administration on assumption into office in the last four months
He said since the discovery, government has stopped paying the affected workers pending when the anomalies were resolved.
Mohammed, however said workers who have sort out their BVNs issues have been put back on the pay roll thereby warning Banks against connivance with those seeking fresh BVNs.
The Bauchi state governor added that money for their salaries have been warehoused and would be paid as soon as they proved the government otherwise.
He decried the prevalence of ghost workers in Bauchi state under the last administration which had over bloated the wage bill of the state, leading to arrears of salaries, pensions and gratuities of civil servants as well as retirees.
Mohammed stated that his administration is determined to make a difference that would make Bauchi a modern Nigeria where everybody, irrespective of his or her background will find the state a home and an enabling environment would be created for investors.
The governor who was a former minister of the Nigerian Federal capital territory administration, FCTA, has expressed delight that very soon the state would join the Niger Delta states as an oil producing state.
He further revealed that the state also has lot of solid minerals and all that is needed is human capital, resources, investors as well as alternative finances to take Bauchi to the next level.
Speaking on the state of affairs in the FCT, ever since he left as Minister five years ago, Mohammed said, “I am happy with the caliber and the capacity of the person in charge. The gentleman is the transparent public servant I have ever seen. Irrespective of what anybody will say, I raise my hand for him for given definite dynamism and continuity in the system.
“All the projects started by me and my predecessors are been continued by Musa Bello. He is not personally interested in anything. He is not personally interested in who does procurement. If all Ministers are like Bello, then there wouldn’t have been abandoned projects.
” the Airport road, the outer express way to Kubwa, all the procurements had been done and the flag off but he continued and finished it. That is how it should be done. For this very laudable spirit and with this kind of thing, he will write his name in the annals of history as one of the best statesmen that will superintend over the FCT,” he added.