Ongoing Niger State staff verification committee said it has uncovered no fewer than 333 dead civil servants on the payroll of the state government.
The committee also said not less than N207 million was being paid to the “dead civil servants” every month, amounting to about N5 billion in two years.
Chairman of the Screening Committee set up by the state government to fish out the ghost workers from the state civil service who is also Commissioner for works, Engineer Ibrahim Mohammed Panti who disclosed this in an interview said the screening still continues and that more revelations are still likely to unfold. He said those mostly involved are Account Officers and other staff from the state Ministry of Health adding that they are among the eighty civil servants sacked last week.
“Out of the purported 27,000 civil servants on the pay roll of the state government, only 15,907 have been discovered to be our genuine workers so far. There are 3,923 workers from different ministries still having pending issues and are still being investigated. These set of people had entered the state civil service with fictitious certificates. Within the last two years, 333 civil servants who had been certified dead were still drawing salaries from the state government and all these fraud must stop.”
He pointed out that 1, 029 civil servants whose names were on the payroll were yet to appear before the committee for screening, stressing that “by today, which is the end of the screening, they will be officially declared as ghost workers if they refused to appear before the screening committee.”
He said besides being dismissed, all those found guilty will also be prosecuted pointing out that unlike before, “the present revelations are too weighty to be swept under the carpet.”