Shettima made this known at an emergency meeting with the State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress(NLC), Mr Titus Abana and executive members of Nigerian Union of Pensioners at Government House in Maiduguri.
According to the governor, after the biometric exercise, 20,154 have been identified as genuine workers, adding that 2,000 of the figure are already preparing to retire from service.
The governor explained that savings from the exercise were being deployed to other sectors while the recruitment of 1,000 teachers and other workers had commenced.
Shettima said with the development, his administration had lifted the embargo on employment which was in force since the early 90s.
The governor described the biometric exercise as “very complex’’, saying some persons benefiting from fraudulent activities through pension payments were using different tricks to frustrate the process.
He explained that the committee had also uncovered some individuals collecting millions as pensions aside from their salaries.
He noted that only 500 pensioners had cases with their biometrics, saying that 171 had been cleared by the committee but the affected pensioners failed to submit bank statements to ensure their enrollment.
The governor directed the state’s civil servants biometric verification committee to address the cases of 500 pensioners pending before it within two weeks .
The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that hundreds of pensioners in Borno had stormed the state secretariat to protest the nonpayment of their gratuities and pension arrears since 2016.
The pensioners prevented state government officials from resuming duty at the secretariat. (NAN)