Bauchi State government has paid over N64 billion outstanding pension and salary arrears to retirees and workers in the last 150 days. This was disclosed by the state Governor, Bala Mohammed, who said, we have succeeded in paying outstanding pension and salary arrears up to the tune of N64 billion in the last 150 days of coming into power to alleviate the sufferings of the people.
The governor alleged that practices allowed by the last administration encouraged massive corruption with over bloated monthly salary and pension payment. He stated that to arrest the ugly trend, civil servants in state have been mandated to produce their Bank Verification Numbers [BVN] before they are eligible to collect their salaries. This is aimed at identifying and flushing out ghost workers in the state. He said it was worrisome to note that out of the present 101,000 civil servants in the State, only 41,000 have their BVN, a situation, he said, would no longer be condoned.
According to him: “Before we came in after the 2019 general elections, the state was owing over N170 billion putting it in the 4th position of states who could not pay workers salaries as well as their pensions. The governor disclosed this recently in Bauchi while interacting with the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Press Corps who were in Bauchi State for a two-day retreat.