The committee appointed by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state to find out the actual staff strength of the states’ crisis-ridden Refuse Management and Sanitation Board (REMASAB) has come up with shocking reports indicating that there are 1,830 ghost workers who are receiving monthly allowances of N10,000 each for about four years now.
The report which was presented at the State Executive Council Meeting, shows that the actual number of street sweepers in the state were 600.
It would be recalled that the former management of the sanitation board allegedly misled the state governor in believing that its staff strength was made up of male/female street sweepers of 2,430, a situation which forced the government to suspend them pending the determination by a committee that was set up to unravel the mysteries surrounding the crisis.
The report further exposed that each month, the state was painstakingly paying the sum of 183 million Naira unknowingly to “ghost workers.”
Ganduje who became furious with the startling revelations ordered the immediate sanctioning of the entire management staff of the board and vowed to recover all the monies spent on the ghost workers by government with the setting up a machinery in motion to that effect.
He also expressed the determination of his administration to bring to justice whoever has hands in the dirty deal as according to the report, it was being operated by “a cartel” and top shots within the state civil service.
“In the last 4 years, the Kano state government has cumulatively lost the sum of 732 million Naira to these monsters, thereby denying for the channeling of the meager resources to other sources that could impact positively on the lives of the citizens.”
The governor however magnanimously reinstated the 600 genuine and verified staff of the Board with immediate effect.