My children are not ghost workers, says Yobe council auditor-general



The Auditor-General, Yobe State Local Council, Alhaji Yahaya Idris, yesterday denied allegations of complicity in the issue of ghost workers in councils, and that two of his children are among the un-audited council workers in the state.

Addressing a news conference Monday in Damaturu on the ongoing workers’ biometric data exercise, Idris said that those spreading such stories are only out to destabilise the verification of the local council system that was mandated by Governor Ibrahim Gaidam.

He said no amount of campaign of calumny would stop him from purging out ghost workers and the decay in the local council system.

“Let the rumour mongers on ghost workers come out with the actual wage bills for this state, including the 17 councils of Yobe,” said Idris.

It was alleged that the auditor-general included many ghost workers in the payroll; including his children said to be working with both the state and local councils in the state.

In his defence, Idris said: “I challenge those spreading such accusations against me to come out with their facts. I would be the last person as the Auditor-General of this state to be involved in such unwholesome practices and I will fight to the last to see the end of ghost workers in the payroll system.

“I challenge anyone who knows that this is the child of Yahaya
Idris and is a ghost worker or that is working in another organization other than the local council to bring out the evidence. My first child works with Fika Local Council and she is not a ghost worker. She has her clearance and every other thing before she was engaged as an employee of the council.”

“I also have a daughter who is working with the state government as a pharmacist and she doesn’t have another job. She was duly employed by the state government.”

On the biometric data verification of Yobe council workers, Idris, however regretted that despite rising unemployment in the 17 councils of the state since 2007, their wage bills continued to rise; which is why the state government is concerned about certifying the actual total workforce in the payroll.

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