The Sokoto government has instructed all workers in the state to submit their Bank Verification Numbers (BVN) before they could be paid April salaries, the government said in a statement on Sunday, explaining that it is part of efforts to sanitise the state civil service and permanently tackle the menace of ghost workers.
The government said the submission of the BVN forms is part of the ongoing verification of staff workforce and the updating of records of all employees in the state civil service. The directive also affects workers at the local government level.
A statement issued by the spokesman of Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Malam Imam Imam in Sokoto on Sunday, said the state Head of Service has been instructed to ensure prompt compliance to enable all workers update their records.
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The statement said the ongoing verification exercise at the local government level has led to saving of substantial amount of money, and the effort will continue until the payroll is completely sanitised.