Kano uncovers 1,000 ghost workers at sanitation agency



ABOUT 1,000 ghost workers were uncovered at the Refuse Management and Sanitation Agency (REMASAB) in Kano State by a special committee set up by the agency through collaboration with the state Special Services Unit under the governor’s office.

The state government is expected to save over N10 million monthly with this discovery.

With a new management at the agency, our source disclosed that the managing director ordered a comprehensive list of the workforce and other details on how the agency was running its affairs.

It was revealed that the committee’s finding also disclosed that the agency had 2,260 casual workers and 140 permanent staff. The findings discovered further that there were 991 ghost workers who were not part of the main list of 2,620 workers.

Investigations further revealed that public funds was allegedly siphoned under some fraudulent lists code named Kwankwasiyya List (1 to 4) and Commissioner’s Call List. On each of the two lists more than 400 ghost workers were used as casual workers, according to the source.

Another source disclosed that workers were paid through some selected banks without schedule of payment, an action condemned by the newly appointed Managing Director Group Captain Muhammad Mamuda (rtd). This, it was alleged, was part of the reasons why the state government started a probe into the operations of the agency.

The Guardian learnt that the issue of ghost workers at REMASAB has been on for over 10 years.

“There was a director who allegedly had a list of 20 ghost workers and was collecting N10,000 on each of the 20 people monthly. Another one had 30 or more,” said the source.

As a result of this, the state government recently ordered the suspension of all casual workers of the agency. A committee was set up under the chairmanship of the state Commissioner for Water Resources, Usman Sule Riruwai.

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