Governor Bala Mohammed has directed that the N500 million saved from fighting ghost workers be set aside to pay for the gratuities of retired civil servants to ease their sufferings.
Mohammed made the disclosure while speaking at the closing ceremony of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Bauchi State chapter, held at Command Guest House, Bauchi, on Thursday.
“This money is secured from the resources we are freeing from those ghost workers whom we have refused to allow in the system.
“What we have realised under the period, we are using it to pay
gratuities for local government and the state amounting to N500 million, ” the governor, who was the guest of honour, said.
He assured that his administration would not relent in freeing
resources by flushing out ghost workers in the system to save money.
“Myself and my deputy and entire cabinet we are really suffering from it because we are making sacrifices.
“It is not that we are getting money than before, it is just because we are doing good pricing, good procurement and I know that with little we can do so much,” the governor said.