Katsina state Governor Aminu Bello Masari, during the May Day celebration at Karkandan Stadium, Katsina, disclosed that the state loses over N700 million monthly to ghost workers in the payroll of the civil service, and pledged to prosecute those behind the act.
Governor Masari assured workers in the state of better welfare and further warned that those behind the menace would not be spared no matter their position in the society.
According to him, the challenge of ghost workers costs the state about N700 million monthly, with the practice mostly perpetrated at the local council level in connivance with top officials of government.
Corruption is not limited to stealing from the common wealth by leaders, as even the worker coming to office late or closing earlier than the stipulated time is guilty of corruption because he is being paid what he has not legitimately earned, he said.
As part of the activities marking the may day celebration, workers across Nigeria united in anger and frustration over unpaid wages, and seized the occasion to make demands, issue ultimatums and threaten showdowns with their state governments.
In Adamawa State, the state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Dauda Maina, told workers at a rally to mark the May Day celebration that the state government should address all the problems connected with salaries and wages of its employees to avert industrial dispute.
NLC Chairman in Plateau State, Jibrin Banchir, asked the state government to pay the five months salaries owed civil servants of tertiary institutions and four months’ salary arrears of primary school teachers.
Reversing the order, Governor Al Makura of Nasarawa State turned up at the May Day rally wearing a mourning dress. Attired in an all-black outfit, Mr. Al-Makura said he was mourning the attitude of workers towards his government.
Kano State workers had a major concern which is the ongoing bio-metric exercise. The NLC Chairman in the state, Kabiru Minjibir, insisted that the biometric verification exercise was fraught with manipulations and should therefore be reviewed.
In Imo, the Ndigbo Unity Forum, an Igbo socio-cultural group, seized the occasion of the May Day to give Governor Rochas Okorocha an ultimatum of 60 days to pay workers outstanding salaries and allowances.