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No BVN, no pay, Kwara tells workers



Kwara State government has directed workers in its employ and pensioners who are yet to provide their Bank Verification Numbers (BVN) for the ongoing staff verification exercise to do so within seven days or forfeit their salaries.

Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, who gave the directive on Tuesday during a meeting of the Committee on Personnel Database Development, said government has no intention of withholding any worker’s salary without justification.

He said the affected workers and pensioners’ bank accounts will still be credited with their salaries and pensions but they will not be able to access the money until they have their BVN.

Governor Ahmed, who is also the chairman of the committee, explained that the unique bank numbers were necessary for preliminary verification of workers and pensioners on the state and local councils’ payroll.

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  • Meti Ikpirhirin

    CBN, what’s you take on this? Is it right for State Governments to ask for BVNs? Are they not personal anymore?

    • Kunle Adegboye

      It’s to prevent ghost workers. That’s one little way of reducing institutional corruption.

    • emmanuel kalu

      yes state have the right to ask for this kind of identification. It is time states and the federal government start working on ensuring accurate data of workers and those who get paid by the government. it is a good move.