By Ishaq Zaki
The Zamfara Government on Friday said it had discovered 200 ghost medical doctors on its payroll.
The state Commissioner for Finance, Alhaji Rabi’u Garba, who disclosed this to newsmen in Gusau, said that the ghost doctors were uncovered during the ongoing civil servants verification exercise under the State Hospital Service Management Board (HSMB).
“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 used 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 after the clean up of the payroll, which culminated in the removal of the ghost doctors and other 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 said that the government also discovered that some officials of the board and from the ministry of finance were 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.