200 of the 287 payments to doctors in Zamfara State have been going to ghosts, the state government announced on Friday.
The payments to ghosts representing about 70% the government was uncovered during the recent salary verification exercise, the state commissioner for Finance, Alhaji Rabi’u Garba, told newsmen in Gusau.
“When the present administration came in, we had 287 medical doctors in the government’s payroll purported to be working in various General Hospitals across the state under HSMB.
“After the investigation, we discovered that only 87 doctors are genuine, all the remaining 200 were non-existent.
“Before now, the state government use to pay N389 million as monthly salary to doctors and other healthcare workers under the board,” Garba said
According to him, with the development the state government will be saving N120 million monthly from the ghost workers under the board.
“Another serious problem we found in the board was that some workers without health qualifications were receiving health workers salary.
“We met a report of previous administration that verify non-health workers working in health sector receiving health workers salary.
“We consider to implement that report, because as a responsible government we cannot allow somebody with SSCE or other non-qualifications to be collecting duty call and shift allowances from the government,” he added.
The commissioner added that the government also discovered that some officials of the board and from the ministry of finance are also involved in the scam.
“We are directed by Governor Bello Matawalle to carryout investigation exercise to ensure sanity in the state’s civil servants payroll.
“After the investigation we are going to sue any government official found in the scam,” Garba said.