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Zamfara Ridden With Ghost Doctors – Matawalle Laments

While speaking at a press briefing in Maradun town of Maradun Local Government Area, the governor of Zamfara State, Bello Mohammed Matawalle lamented that the state has about 169 ghost doctors receiving monthly salaries and allowances.

He said the ghost doctors have been causing the delay in the payment of the health workers’ salaries and allowances.

He claimed that his administration had been meeting with the State’s labour leaders in order to identify and remove any ghost doctors.

Following the adoption of the N30,000 minimum salary, he promised that his administration had no plans to fire any real state employees.

The Governor responded to questions from reporters on Friday by stating that his government and the leaders of the Labour party had been meeting frequently to discuss productivity.

According to him, he expects the civil servants in the State to always justify their salaries and allowances.

“I was once a civil servant and I know the pains if my salary and allowances were not paid”, he added.

He further stated that a huge amount of resources was being paid in the name of salaries and allowances to the civil servants out of the little monthly allocation to the State from the federation account.

The Governor, however, commended the Labour leaders in the State for approaching the issue of the N30, 000 minimum wage with maturity and professionalism, pointing out that since he came on board in 2019, there has been no rancour between the government and the organized Labour.

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