The Enugu State Government in its resolve to checkmate ghost worker-syndrome in its public service, has directed the immediate biometric capture of its workforce and pensioners using Bank Verification Number (BVN).
The state Commissioner of Information, Dr. Godwin Udeuhele, who disclosed this at a press briefing after the 6th State Executive Council meeting within the year held at the EXCO Hall, Government House, Enugu, said that the office of Head of Service and the Ministry of Finance had been mandated to collaborate with UBA PLC to carry out the exercise with no cost to the state government.
Dr. Udeuhele explained that the exercise had become necessary in view of the bloated workforce and wage bills paid by the government despite the fact that workers have been retiring from the service on a yearly basis.
He explained that when this is done, the revenue profile of government is expected to increase to take care of her other human-oriented programmes and policies.
He told Enugu Government House correspondent that the EXCO had in the meeting approved the constitution of the Tender Board to manage the process of contract awards for UBEC/ENSUBEB projects as contained in the approved action plan in line with government due process arrangement.
He equally said that Enugu State Government had approved its participation in the Archor Borrowers Programme of the CBN meant to diversify the state economy.
The commissioner stated that this was necessitated by the dwindling income from the oil sector, noting that when this is done, it would create job opportunities for the teeming job seekers in the state.
According to him, each local government area is expected to provide at least 100 hectares of land for the Archor Borrowers Programme of CBN.
He said the council also approved a draft bill for a law to provide for Public Private Partnership, its office, enhancement of infrastructure, service development as well as other similar programmes for an onward passage into law by the state’s House of Assembly.
He disclosed that the bill when passed into law, would enhance and encourage state government partnership with private enterprises/organizations towards investment and development of its economy.