3,916 Ghost Workers Busted During Anti-Corruption Purge In Enugu State
The authorities of Enugu State have uncovered at least 3,916 ghost workers in the 17 local government council areas of the state in a crackdown on corruption.
This disclosure was made on Wednesday by an audit panel set up to conduct staff audit through biometric capturing while presenting its report to the state executive.
The chairman of the panel and speaker, Enugu State House of Assembly, Edward Ubosi, also disclosed that N161.5 million was found to be the difference in the wage bill after the exercise.
Literally, it means payments to the non-existent employees had been costing the government N161.5 million every month.
According to him, N64.9m will be saved from local government gross staff salaries and N96.6m from teachers’ salaries.
The committee made 26 recommendations, including removal of staff that falsified their ages, those incapacitated by ill health, impersonators, as well as those employed contrary to the civil service rule.
It also recommended recruitment of more teachers in primary schools in the state and transfer of local government staff across the state to enthrone discipline in the system.
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi commended the audit panel for its job and said it would go a long way in helping the state government curb fraud in the civil service.