Alhaji Ladan Baba, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Coordinator in Kano State, says no fewer than eight foreign graduates were refused registration due to incomplete and inconsistent documents.
Baba revealed this on Monday during the passing out parade of the 2019 Batch ‘B’ Corps members after three weeks orientation course at the NYSC permanent camp in Kusalla, Karaye Local Government Area.
According to him, some of the graduates were also blocked online from registration as a result of failure to defend their degrees as foreign students after physical verification of their results.
“As a matter of fact, some of them cannot express themselves verbally.
“More worrisome is the fact that some of them did not undergo any academic pursuits, but obtained certificates through illegal means with allegations that some did so in Kano and environs.
“This will undoubtedly require urgent action by the government and good people of Kano in collaboration with the dogged security agencies in the state to checkmate this ugly trend that will affect us negatively,” Baba said.
He said that out of the 1,700 corps members posted to the state for their service year, 1,592 were registered and went through various skill acquisition trainings.
The coordinator called on the corps members to contribute immensely towards the development of the state and country.
Buba said contribution could be on the state initiative on girl-child education, adult and mass literacy campaign, sustainable development goals, and campaign against drug abuse.
Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje, represented by his deputy, Dr Nasir Gawuna, called on the corps members to understand the culture of their host communities and other aspects of their lives.
Ganduje urged them to identify viable projects that was of benefit to their host communities and mobilise them to realise the lofty ideals of the programme for their benefits.
“Kano State Government through its agencies is working fast for a new vista of opportunities in a quest to fulfill its campaign promises in the next level for sustainable development.
“The ongoing reforms in youth policies in the state are targeted mainly on growth and development meant to uplift the standard of living of our citizens and provide enabling environment and job opportunities,” he said.
Ganduje urged the corps members to imbibe the values of leadership, courage and resourcefulness throughout their service year.
Bauchi Detects 41,000 ghost workers on payroll
Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has alleged that 41,000 out of the 101,000 civil servants in the state are ghost workers and without Bank Verifiable Numbers (BVN). He made the startling revelation last Friday night at a reception for the visiting members of the FCT Minister’s press corps, who were in Bauchi for their sixth annual retreat.
The state government, according to him, only found out last week about the non-existent civil servants, who were placed on salary by the immediate past administration.
He said the ghost workers didn’t have BVN, which is a clear violation of the federal government’s regulation which makes it mandatory for every worker on the payroll to have BVN.
The governor also questioned the rationale behind paying the ghost workers, wondering why salaries were going up even the state had not employed workers, including graduates, medical doctors, and engineers in the last four years.
“We carried out a check last week and discovered that 41,000 out 101,000 civil servants in the state are non-existent. They don’t have BVN and have been collecting a salary since the last administration.
“Unless there is an increase in employment or promotion, there should not be an increase in salary. The workers’ salaries have been increasing since the last administration, and now we have found the cause. This BVN is the first step,” he said.
Mohammed also warned the affected workers against arranging with banks to issue them BVN, insisting that any bank number presented by the ghost workers will not be considered a legal tender now.
The governor fingered the Education Secretaries and Health Directors of local government areas of colluding with the ‘faceless’ workers in perfecting the scheme, wondering why they have allowed ghost workers to be paid under their guise.
He threatened that if the senior administrators were found to have compromised, the civil service rules and regulations will apply to them, adding that in the past four months, the state has been clearing the pensions arrears of N28 billion by paying about N200 million monthly.