16bn lost to ghost work­ers yearly

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Itodo Daniel Sule, Lokoja

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.

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