Not less than 312 dead local government pensioners and workers have been discovered on the nominal payroll of the Bauchi State Government.

Nine deceased pensioners were discovered in the state pension payroll as well.

The Special Adviser to the Bauchi State Governor on Civil Service Affairs, Abdon Gin, disclosed these at a press conference in Bauchi on Wednesday, 12th August. He said the state government had saved over N91,404,296.19 from the discovery.

He also said that the discovery was made by the panel set up by the state governor to fish out workers without Bank Verification Number.

“The committee discovered 312 deceased local government on the pensioners’ nominal and payroll. The monthly value is N9,921,511.48. They have been permanently removed from both the nominal roll and payroll.

“Also, the committee discovered nine deceased state pensioners from the nominal and payroll. The monthly value is N234,521.91. They have been permanently removed from both the nominal roll and payroll.

“The committee discovered 48 deceased local government staff during the physical verification and they were removed. Before then, this was costing the government N1,999,803.90 monthly.

“During the exercise, 112 state and 284 local governments’ employees were not cleared by the committee due to death, overage/due for retirement, failed to appear for physical verification or abscondment,” Gin said.

Gin said that 396 ghost workers in both the state and local governments were also discovered on the payroll of the government.