Illegal Workers Unearthed in Kano State Public Service: 13-Year-Olds and Students Among Culprits


A recent revelation by the Kano State Government has exposed a shocking number of 3,234 individuals receiving salaries illegally within the state’s public service.

The investigation, prompted by Governor Abba Yusuf, also brought to light the alarming discovery that some of these ineligible workers include a 13-year-old girl, students from primary and secondary schools, and even members of the National Youth Service Corps.

The Secretary to the State Government, Dr Abdullahi Bichi, addressed the media, outlining the findings of the committee established to probe this unlawful recruitment.

The immediate past administration of former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje was responsible for hiring these individuals, leading to the suspension of salaries for over 10,000 public servants at the directive of Governor Abba Yusuf.

The committee’s investigation revealed that the hurried employment process undertaken by the previous administration failed to consider the financial implications within the 2023 appropriation.

Shockingly, many of the recruits did not undergo the usual screening process, and some secured their positions using fake certificates.

As part of the recommendations provided by the committee, 9,332 individuals with legitimate qualifications will be offered employment opportunities within the state’s public service.

Additionally, appropriate sanctions will be imposed, particularly on civil servants involved in the illegal recruitment, aligning with civil service rules.

Dr Abdullahi Bichi emphasized the need for accountability, stating that sanctions would be applied to those found responsible for the irregularities.

He specifically mentioned that the mother of the 13-year-old girl, who admitted to receiving salaries through her mother’s account while being a public service employee, would face consequences.

Source: PUNCH

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