According to him, the ghost workers made uo the over 25,000 civil servants in the state's service and were collecting salaries and bonuses as eligible workers.
Shettima during the broadcast, said that the committee verified only 19,763 workers out of the 25,000 workers on the state payroll.
"You may recall that in December 2015, while presenting the 2016 budget at the House of Assembly, I promised to embark on staff verification to determine the actual size of the state civil service. We set up a high powered committee chaired by the Secretary to the State Government to carry out a verification of the state civil service. To finalise the exercise, a consultancy firm was hired for biometric data capture of the workers. As of today, 11, 397 workers have been dully captured as being bonafide staff of the state. About 7,392 workers have yet to be captured, out of which 4,000 workers have issues with their banks. There are also about 3,000 workers who failed to comply with the guidelines on the filling the verification forms” he said