In a shocking development, a committee setup by authorities of Bauchi State to haul out ghost workers in the state has discovered names of eight-year old children as “teachers” on the payroll of the government.
According to Vanguard Newspaper, the State Accountant-General, Alhaji Abubakar Gabi, who doubles as a member of the committee, made the disclosure known today, Monday in Bauchi in an Interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
He said: “We have discovered that names of children between eight and ten years of age appeared as ‘teachers’ on the payroll of the state.
“We also discovered that some of the pensioners duplicated their payment papers; had the same names, same BVN, same GSM numbers and same account numbers but bearing different photographs attached
“Again we discovered instances where deceased families who had earlier submitted death certificates of their heads and were paid bulk pension entitlements, fraudulently working their way back and are still collecting pensions.”
The Accountant General also stated that 4,500 out of the 33,000 civil servant inherited by the present administration in the state were ghost workers, while 7,300 teachers out of the 29,000 teachers handed over by the last administration were also discovered to be ghost teachers.
“We have so far discovered over 19,000 ghost workers while only 7,000 pensioners out of the alleged 14,000 pensioners have turned up for screening,” he said.
Meanwhile, State Governor Mohammed Abubakar vowed that all those culpable of the crime and their collaborators would be brought to book in line with the change agenda of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The governor issued the threat in a statement signed by his Press Secretary, Abubakar Al-sadique, and made available to NAN on Sunday in Bauchi.
He said: “l assure you that persons found to have hands in the ghost workers issue will face the full wrath of the law, this is a promise.”