Abia State Government says it is embracing technology to uncover suspected ghost workers from its civil service system.
Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, Governor of Abia State, says the technology deployment will let the state government ascertain the true status of workers in the civil service.
According to the Governor, ”we have inaugurated the Abia State Automated Workforce Identity Verification and Payroll Management System Committee to adopt the use of the latest technology in identifying genuine workers in the State’s Civil Service.”
Inaugurating the Committee, which has the SSG, Dr. Emeh Okoro as the Chairman, the Governor said there is need to block revenue leakages as the State tries to manage its dwindling resources. The use of science and technology will assist in identifying genuine workers in the State’s Civil Service, he says.
He expressed confidence that Zenith bank, the development partner, has all it takes to handle the project, saying that its no longer going to be business as usual to ghost workers.
Gabriel Okenwa, Regional Manager, Zenith Bank in Imo/Abia and leader of the development partners says that the automated payroll will eliminate ghost worker syndrome, engender efficient salary payment and entrench efficient and fraud-free pension payment administration.
The SSG and Chairman of the Committee, Emeh Okoro thanked the Governor for finding them fit to work and assured that the Committee will be result-oriented.