Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State says he has confirmed about 199 ghost doctors in the government’s payroll.
Governor Matawalle made this known during a chat with journalists in Maradun town, the headquarters of Maradun Local Government Area.
According to him, though the state government was paying salaries to 280 doctors every month, it discovered only 81 doctors were active in the entire state.
He also revealed that he’d already met with the state chapter of the Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) on how to trace those 199 ghost doctors who he said “spent long periods of time” collecting salaries illegally, with a view to block those behind the manipulation.
The discovery of the ghost doctors was, Governor Matawalle continued, as a result of the ongoing biomedical data capture of the entire state workforce through the office of the state Head of Service.
The data collection exercise is said to be a reflection of the state government’s readiness to commence a proper implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage to the state workforce.
“The problem is, once we say we are going to implement it (N30,000), we can’t just say we are going to pay people directly like that,” the Governor explained.
“No, there was a system.”
He assured the public that no genuine civil servant will be retrenched by his administration with regard to implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage payment.
“I am not going to retrench anybody. In fact, I am going to give them (civil service) houses for all the civil servants. I have built 450 houses for them which nobody knows about, but on Sunday, I will give them the keys,” he said.
Writing by Fany Olumoye