For those who frowned at the tiring verification of workers across the states, there is at least some reward in Borno state.

Governor Shettima has directed the Borno State Civil Service Commission to begin procedures for the recruitment of 300 graduates of various fields from the 27 local government areas into the service.

The 300 slots were created in the service due to successful verification of workers in the civil service during which 10,000 ghost workers were detected on the payroll of the State Government.

The ghost workers reportedly siphoned more than 500 million for more than 20 years.

“The government now spends about N2.2 billion monthly for salaries and pensions as against the previous salary bill of N2.7 billion since 1999,” the Special Adviser to the Governor on Communication and Strategy, Isa Gusau, said in a statement.

According to Gusau, the saving of N500 million by the government will enable it to employ 300 more graduates for now.

He said the governor had assured that more workers would be eventually employed in other categories of the civil service.

The special adviser explained that the exercise was aimed at re-positioning the Service with productive youths that would play a crucial role in the ongoing rebuilding of the state.

Shettima gave the approval while presenting certificates to 10 youths sponsored by the State Government for a one-year course on electricity generation, distribution and transmission at the National Power Training Institute, Maiduguri, on Sunday.