Niger State authorities, below the management of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, has uncovered 25,000 ghost staff within the state civil service.
The event was found following a screening train carried out by the federal government on the civil servants in an effort to impact fee of June 2020 staff wage, Naija Information understands.
Lamenting on the state of affairs, the State’s Chairman Wage Administration Committee and Commissioner for Works and Infrastructural Growth, Engineer Ibrahim Panti, described the event as unlucky. In response to the commissioner, whereas talking with newsmen within the state capital, Minna, the train was executed to deal with the delay within the fee of salaries for the month of June.
Panti revealed that about N672 million was found to have been obtained month-to-month by ghost staff and a number of other thousands and thousands of Naira additionally paid month-to-month to fictitious wage earners within the state payroll.
The commissioner pressured additional that about 98% of the state allocation goes into wage fee and leaving virtually nothing for the federal government to deal with different developmental tasks. “To be able to deal with the state of affairs, the state authorities determined to conduct a screening train on the civil servants,” mentioned Panti.
He famous that 30% of civil servants invited for the screening train by no means confirmed up, whereas amongst people who turned up, some had been caught to have been utilizing pretend certificates within the state service.
“for instance, out of 1,000 invited between 600 and 700 got here for the precise screening. Out of 1,451 individuals screened, 461 is on maintain, 21 of them had been retirees and rejected whereas 259 didn’t seem for the train,” Panti revealed.
He defined additional, “earlier than the train, the committee was introduced with a determine of 36, 000 as the entire variety of the states’ workforce, however through the screening, it got here all the way down to 27,000 and later to 25,000.”
” We later found totally different serial numbers with the identical BVN, repeated names with totally different financial institution accounts and fictitious allowances and salaries.”
He, nevertheless, famous that the federal government will make sure that these discovered responsible of the act could be handled in keeping with the civil service guidelines and laws as applicable suggestions could be made to the federal government in its report on monetary misappropriation of public funds.
Panti additional boasted that regardless of the incident, the federal government is not going to seize from discharging its duties appropriately for the event of the state.
”A few of these concerned have run to conventional rulers for intervention, resort to blackmail. However, we are going to keep our stand by making certain that the perpetrators, irrespective of their positions in addition to their collaborators are fished out soonest for prosecution accordingly.”
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