16bn lost to ghost workers yearly
A committee set up by the Kogi State Government to verify local and state government workers in its employ said yesterday that government lost N16 billion annually to ghost workers.
Chairman of the committee for the screening exercise, Mr Yusuf Okala, said at a public presentation of its reports in Lokoja that it discovered 18, 211 ghost workers on the payroll during the exercise which commenced in February, and that a total of N1. 365 billion was being paid to ghost workers every month.
He said 88, 973 people were on the payrolls as at the time the screening exercise commenced with a monthly wage bill of N5.84 billion.
He added that upon the conclusion of the screening exercise, 63, 870 workers were cleared, reducing the wage bill to N4.443 billion.
Okala said the exercise showed that N213. 034 billion had been lost in the last 13 years to non- existing workers.
Responding, Governor Yahaya Bello commended the committee for its job and vowed to recover all stolen funds for the development of the state.
“We are putting a permanent end to ghost workers syndrome,” Bello said.