By George Okoh, Makurdi
Due to the recent increase in the monthly wage bill of the Benue state government, members of the State House of Assembly are to embark on a biometric screening of workers in the state to ascertain their actual figures in order to check the menace of ghost workers.
Majority Leader of the Assembly and All Progressives Congress, APC, chieftain, Benjamin Adanyi, who made this known on Thursday in Makurdi, the state capital, said members would in the coming days break into groups and embark on the exercise around the state.
He said, “What we want to do in the coming days is part of our deliberate efforts to assist the executive arm of government ensure that all loopholes and leakages through which government resources were siphoned during the past administration were blocked.
“Constitutionally, we owe the people the duty of oversight to ensure that these anomalies are checked because we are aware that people were collecting monies as salaries of non-existent workers by over-bloating the wage bill and defrauding the government.”