No fewer than 2,116 ghost workers from the Bauchi State Ministry of Health have been identified and removed from the payroll of the state government.
The state governor, Bala Mohammed, disclosed this at the opening ceremony of a two-day health summit which began on Monday.
Mohammed said among the ghost workers were 100 doctors and 120 primary health care staff collecting salaries from the government.
He said, “In our efforts to clean the state payroll, we have recently removed 2,116 ghost workers from the state health ministry; even after they have officially exited the service of the state government, they were still collecting salaries.
“We will continue this exercise in order to free resources which we will deploy to critical areas of need especially in the health sector.”
The governor said the population of the state had increased from 4.6 million a few years ago to 7.8 million because of the insecurity in the Northeast region, saying many immigrants had taken sojourn in the state.
He, therefore, urged the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, to give special consideration to the state because it was managing so many people which had led to the overstretching of health facilities in the state.