Birnin Kebb - The Kebbi Government said on Monday that it had attained 80% verification of payment of workers’ benefits through e-payment.
The Head of Service of the State, Alhaji Halidu Jega, told newsmen in Birnin Kebbi that tithe action was part of measures to eliminate ghost workers in the service.
Jega said eight committees, charged with the responsibility had almost completed their jobs, adding that there were indications that a lot of funds had been recovered through the process.
According to him, the verification and capturing committees have plugged all weak points that would give room for fraud and embezzlement of public funds.
He said the verification was not a "witch-hunt’’ or meant to sack any worker but to redefine and rectify anomalies that would enable proper implementation of the new minimum wage for workers.
"The exercise was also to obtain scientific data on the number of workers and cost implication of paying their entitlements,” he said.
Jega commended trade unions in the state for supporting the verification.